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personally to clean wounds like that we just use peroxide and then after it starts to dry out we will put wonderdust on it sometimes bc the soap and water can keep it too moist. and this is what our vets have told us to do and all our horses have always healed up pretty fast
 

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I have had horses hurt themselves on barb wire and I never ever picked off scabs. The first was a gelding who during a rainstorm about dark decided to run right next to the barb wire fence and slipped and fell over into the fence. I had the vet out the next morning and instead of reducing the swelling in his skin on his front leg whch was the worst injury he cut the skin off and left the wound open. That horse never let me do anything to treat that leg or the rest of his more minor injuries. It took a long time to heal on his leg because of skin being removed and the wound consequently being so wide that he wound up having a large scar also. My stallion injured himself this year. I did not see it happen but I assume it was from barbed wire. There was injury to 2 legs one front and one back on the same side. I cleaned the wounds by pouring hydrogen peroxide on them. I mostly used nitrofurazone. I would think that scrubbing the wound would reinjure the tissues. I would not do that unless I was a vet debriding the edges of the wound prior to stitching. My stallion cooperated with my efforts because I was very careful to avoid hurting him. His worst injury healed with a scar and his one ankle is now bigger than the other where the deepest wound was but he is 100% sound on it. I did not call the vet.
 

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kkep inmind that peroxide kills both healthy as well as dead tissue ... Furazone has been proven to be a carcingen(sp) ... I don't know how the underwoods works but it does ... with amazing results... it keeps the inside moist andthe baking powder forms a seal to keep the yucky stuff out ... I do know that much and it is iodine based
 

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Peroxide kills dead tissue? I do not think that is possible. I have never seen any evidence of peroxide kiling live tissue and I have used it on myself as well as my animals. Superficial wounds have always healed very quickly when I used peroxide on them. I have been using Nitrofurazone ointment for years ever since I got some from a different vet for one of my dogs. She had literally eaten part of her own tail when she got a hot spot and it regrew muscle skin and hair. The government method of deciding what is or is not a carcinogen is not something I have faith in.
 

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personally to clean wounds like that we just use peroxide
I don't know about this for horses but I do know that hydrogen peroxide can prolong healing in humans. It also tends to worsen scaring. I'd not use it regularly for a significant wound.
 

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I am sure that with the love you show him will help his healing no matter how you treat it ... there are very few people that would do what you did to save a horse...




Hydrogen peroxide—its bubbling action is useful for cleaning dirt out of fresh wounds and for dealing with thrush (a fungal infection of the hooves), but don’t use it routinely on a healing wound as it will inhibit the healing process.
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My mare had a cut simular to that, did you give your horse a tetnus shot?I cold hosed her leg every day, until it started to bleed, promotes healing, believe it or not.also helps prevent proud flesh. my mare ended up with a small scar, I used bag balm on her cut, it has antiseptic, and it also help hair grow back. the old horse people use to put lime on a cut like that. That was my experiance,maybe you can get something from it.
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Aw, pour horse! =[
I agree with what you're doing/other people's suggestions...
Is it going to affect him in the longrun?
Keep us posted =]
 

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Also if you are using hydrogen peroxide you might as well use water. Due to the chemcial compostion of it (H2O2) when it is exposed to the air and other surfaces that second Oxygen atom gets stolen away (the fizzing and 'burning') turning into H20.
 
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