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post #1 of 31 Old 06-13-2016, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Horse leg injury, second opinions...

My mare was injured on high tensile fence May 19th, cut left hind cannon bone to the bone. Was stitched up two hours after injury. Stitches removed on June 1st, she did pop out two of the stitches sometime between May 28th and May 29th (leg was wrapped for two days, so not sure exactly when). Vet said I could leave injury unwrapped starting last Thursday, June 9th, however injury worsened and we are back to wrapping.

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So, the first picture is June 3rd, the second picture is June 8th, the day before I contacted the vet and was advised that I didn't need to wrap her leg any longer. Last picture was taken June 11th two days after attempting to leave her unwrapped. She was unwrapped from the night of June 9th to the morning of June 10th during which time she bled quite a bit and was extremely painful the morning of June 10th. I am concerned about how much it has opened up, and if she should perhaps go back on an antibiotic. My local vet seems unconcerned and says that it looks like it is healing normally and no further medication should be needed. I know that we aren't vets on here, but I am just looking for some second opinions on the situation. This is my first time having to deal with any serious injury like this.

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post #2 of 31 Old 06-13-2016, 10:08 PM
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I looks like it's getting worse, I would be concerned that a tendon or a ligament was injured. Is the horse lame?

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Horse has not been lame at all. In fact the week of the episode of attempting to leave it uncovered we were doing 20 minutes of hand walking and 2 minutes of trot on the lunge line, and had just been okayed to start doing those things under saddle. None of the structures of the leg were involved in the original injury.

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post #4 of 31 Old 06-13-2016, 10:29 PM
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Well, if there is no lameness and the vet says there's no infection, hose it down and put Wonderdust on it.

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Well, if there is no lameness and the vet says there's no infection, hose it down and put Wonderdust on it.
She did recommend against Wonder Dust, and said to leave cold hosing to a minimum, just enough to clean the wound (which has been happening a lot more than I would like because somebody keeps pulling her bandage down ). I have been using an antibacterial cream, and then on Sunday started using ichthammol to try and help with the swelling.

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post #6 of 31 Old 06-13-2016, 11:04 PM
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I don't know, that's wound looks worse to me, but I am not a vet. Good luck with it.

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I'm with Waresbear on the Wonder Dust but I've always been told to not mess with leg wounds any more than you have to because they are so susceptible to proud flesh, i.e. hosing, scrubbing etc... When we had a horse deglove his hind leg the vet had me use dehydrated barn lime (main ingredient in Wonder Dust) and just throw a handful on it twice daily. When it would build up a thick, dry crust (usually about every 3rd day) then I'd gently hold a warm, wet cloth on it to soften and then pick the crust off gently (no rubbing or wiping). If after removing the crust I noticed proud flesh developing then I used hydrated lime with dried copper sulphate (also in Wonder Dust) mixed in until the raised flesh was even with healthy flesh and then back to just the lime. Considering he took everything down to the ligaments off the front of his rear leg from hock to ankle it healed beautifully with only a thin scar running down the leg and even got hair back eventually.
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so, the picture on the left comes first? then from left to right, chronologically? you'd think it was going right to left in a chronological healing of a wound.
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post #9 of 31 Old 06-14-2016, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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so, the picture on the left comes first? then from left to right, chronologically? you'd think it was going right to left in a chronological healing of a wound.
Yes, the pictures on the left come first. Vet says that it is all part of the healing process, but I am not so convinced. Many of our large animal vets retired from doing large animals this year it seems. This office that I am using is pretty much the only one left. They have several vets in that office, but I am a bit worried about "burning bridges" by going to a different vet in the same office for a second opinion. I don't want to be left with no vet at all. I am really not sure what to do.

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post #10 of 31 Old 06-14-2016, 12:56 PM
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There's a product called Cut and Heal that may be better than Wonder Dust in this situation. I've used it for 40+ years on lower leg injuries with excellent results.
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