Sores from leg wraps
Hi. My 23-year horse has had a bowed tendon on her right front for the last month and half. She has been on Bute, corrective shoes in the front, iced daily, and standing wraps on both front legs for support. She also has bell boots on to keep her shoes since she lost both shoes recently. She was on stall rest for a few weeks, and then the vet recommended restricted pasture turn out (smaller space just so she can feel better mentally). When the vet saw her at that time, he said to try all of these things, but ultimately, the prognosis is poor. This is due to her poor conformation and her dropped front pasterns.
The vet came out to see her yesterday for a follow-up and there has been a very tiny slight improved on her leg, however, she has developed a sore on her lower left leg. The skin is not open, but she has lost all her hair on that spot. The vet said it is because of the wraps, but at the same time, she needs the wraps for support. He recommended to leave the wraps off 6 hours a day and then put them back on.
I'm just worried that these sores will keep coming up because the wrapping will go on indefinitely. He also said that if she loses the shoes one more time, that's it. It is extremely difficult to put shoes on her because its hard for her to put all her weight on one leg.
At the same time, the barn owner who has been wrapping her for me, told me yesterday that she can't do it anymore every day. I work full time and live 45 minutes from the barn. I am looking to find a horse sitter who can go and wrap her for me in the morning, because I can't leave my job.
Does anyone have any advice? I am trying to do everything possible to make my horse comfortable and at this point I want to make sure I am making all the right decisions. I am tempted to keep the wraps off because I am afraid of sores and infection, but then I'm afraid that if they are off, something else might happen.
Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you.