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post #1 of 54 Old 05-10-2019, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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won't leave wound alone

My petite 12.2 pony Pippa, who as many know dislocated her hock March 28 of this year (six weeks ago), and had a plate inserted, has been home for three weeks now, on stall rest. She has a small run also, partly sheltered.

When her hospital bandage came off, I was instructed to keep a standing wrap over the incision for a few days, so I did that. There was one small place on her cannon which was still raw, but it seemed to be healing. Then she started chewing and licking that spot. I tried to keep it bandaged but no luck at all with that.

Now she has a weeping, granulated sore about two inches long. I CANNOT keep her from tearing the bandage off and chewing it. I am out of ideas and feel enormously frustrated. Duct tape. Bitter Apple. Endless, endless, endless re-bandaging.

My vet loaned me one of those wooden dowel neck cradles but it is far too big for her and it essentially puts her whole neck and head in a cast, she can move her ears and that's it. So that's out. I have ordered one of those rubber cups that attaches to a halter and fits over their lower jaw, designed for cribbers. Hasn't come yet but I have little hope that it will 1. fit, 2. work.

She has never been an easy keeper and now with all the trauma she is quite thin, so anything that impedes her eating is really unfortunate.

Ideas, are there any at all??

If anyone wants a picture of a sore dripping pus, just let me know ...

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Oh that is frustrating. If there is pus, then I would hope she is still on antibiotics. That may be why she is chewing at the site. Infections are painful.

Couple of ideas to slow her down from tearing off the bandages.

1) grazing muzzle

2) wooden cradle around the leg (might have to make one)

3) Surcingle with side rein hooked to halter on opposite side. She would still be able to eat and move her head up and down, but not be able to reach that leg
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I have a FB friend that has been dealing with a similar issue but with a sore on a front leg. She created a unique Cone of Shame style arrangement so her horse could not access his bandages. She had to wrap just above the wound so the cone would not slide down. Not sure how this would work on a hock but I am wondering if you could create a sleeve from a pant leg and put a lightweight sheet on her or a fly sheet to attach the pant leg to so that she cannot lick or molest the wound. What about a hock wrap to put over the bandages (obvioulsly not tight but just enough to cover the bandages.

Or if really desperate we could wear a sursingle with a check rein on the opposite side of the bad leg so she cannot turn her head that far.
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I am going to try the surcingle idea out first. Because it won't affect her being able to eat. I have a grazing muzzle for her that I've never used, too. But I'm afraid she would just use it to rub the wound with.

Thanks guys! I will let you know what happens!
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I'll pass on the offer of photographic evidence!
I'm sure that the grazing muzzle would only be used as a means to scratch at the area so would likely make things worse.
If the cradle type contraptions aren't an option then maybe cover the area with a dressing held in place with duct tape or sileage tape (sileage tape tends to be stickier and easier to work with) and then spray or smear some nasty tasting anti-chew stuff on the tape
This is what we did to Lou when she had a horrible abscess type infection from a spider bite (my vets thinking on what caused it). She kept biting at it and rubbing it so I assume it itched. We were able to put anti-itch stuff around the open wound and then a thick pad held in place with tape. In this photo we were still trying duct tape which would stay on most of the day. The sileage tape, that we moved on too, stuck on better and the spray that we got that was sold for dogs stopped her chewing at it.
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@jaydee , I love that picture.
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Standing wraps and soak the exterior of the bandage...
Not sure of the "sting" but spray the leg directly...saturate it.
**word of caution...use gloves**
the smell on your hands is umm..undesirable!!
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post #8 of 54 Old 05-10-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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The surcingle and one side rein is WORKING! I cut off the umpteenth bandage she had shoved down enough to expose the wound, painted the wound with Equaide, and went away. When I came back a few hours later (except for peeking to make sure she wasn't getting hung up on anything), the Equaide was still on there! It's a weird little jar of black stuff, I don't know what's in it, but it it worked great on Brooke's injury a couple years ago. It is antibacterial and drying, seems to help quickly.

I would bandage except it is drizzly and cold, no flies, and I really want a crust over that seeping mess. Plus I just need a break, I've been doing up to four bandages a day for the past three weeks.

Eternal gratitude for the suggestions ... you guys are the best.

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You can easily make a cradle to fit her!

Buy some downing or broom handles, measure from her shoulder to her jaw and cut to size. The centre ones from the point of her shoulder to her head will need to be a tad longer. Drill holes top and bottom, thread cord through the holes and tie off in pretty bows.

Cheap and easy.

I expect the wound is itchy causing her to bite it. Try rubbing neat Neam over it, this will help with the healing and remove irritation.
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If I have solved the chewing problem, now I have to solve the granulation problem. There's a quarter inch of raised raw tissue. My vet suggested meat tenderizer or alternatively, manuka honey. I will scrub it and apply the Equaide today as that is all I have on hand. Would like suggestions though.

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