Foot Injury - how do I treat?

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by HorseSlave, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    I've just checked on my horse after feeding her dinner and she's injured her NS fore - looks like a cut on tin (don't quite know how she's managed it!).

    It's not bleeding much, looks like only the skin has been cut. I've washed the wound, filled it with honey, sprayed over that with purple paint and then covered with vet wrap.

    What should I do next? How often should I change the dressing? Any better ideas on treatment???

  2. Shmoo

    Shmoo Well-known Member

    Oh dear. If it was my horse and I assessed that I didn't need a vet and I could handle it, I'd go to the stockfeeds and get a tetanus toxoid shot (the one that is active straight away) and elastoplast bandages instead of vetwrap as they are more durable. some paraffin gauze to stop sticking, cotton wool padding and some sort of antibacterial treatment. Dress the wound every other day or till the toe of the hoof breaks through. Treat until you feel the wound has stabilized some what.
    Depending on how it looks you could very well leave it to dry and spray it with something like Sea Minerals and also a little trick I learned long ago from an old horseman, slap paraffin oil on it, it will keep the skin soft, keep the flies off and help the hair to grow back the colour of the horse...or keep it dressed until healed. Watch out for proud flesh,and treat that by dusting some copper sulphate on it (Only on the effected protruding tissue not the healthy stuff).
    Hope that helps, I'm sure others will have their ideas, do what you think is right.:))
  3. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    I think the parafin gauze sounds like a good idea - I whacked a piece of dry animal lintex over it - I forgot to mention that I think.

    The honey is supposed to take care of the antibacterial side of things I think - not sure, I've never actually used it before :)
  4. Shmoo

    Shmoo Well-known Member

    Honey is great, but it needs to be Manuka honey or at least honey from a Bee Keeper for best antibacterial properties, not the stuff from the shop.**)
  5. woki

    woki New Member

    i would suture that wound if I was asked to look at it.

    It will heel much faster and with less risk of infection and scarring

    Dr. Warwick Vale
  6. megan

    megan Well-known Member

    i agree needs woki
    not a good place for a wound
  7. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    Thanks guys - think I'll get the vet out this morning - hopefully it's not too late for a few stitches if it needs it.
  8. samm

    samm Gold Member

    Oh geez this brings back memories.........exactly what my stallion did but worse in the fact his extended right round through the heel.
    I hope the sutures hold for you as its a sod of an area to try getting them to hold.
    Other option is casting but thats not cheap.
    We went with a cast with Prince as the sutures kept tearing.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on and update us please as I'll be interested to see how this heals.
  9. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    The vet is coming out around lunch time - he's already said he probably won't suture it as below the knee it's very hard to keep the sutures in.

    Surprisingly, I'm not that concerned - I think it's a relatively clean cut and I cleaned and covered it pretty quickly. This horse has desensitized me to injuries! She certainly gets enough of them *sigh*...
  10. Cheeki

    Cheeki Gold Member

    Good luck .. hope everything is okay
  11. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    Vet has been. No stitches, just lots of jabs :) I have to give her more jabs every 48 hours (antibiotics). Ugh... hate giving needles (not quite as much as I hate getting them though!).

    The vet was telling me about another horse he'd seen who had ripped right round to his bulb, and how that had casts put on. It wasn't your one was it samm?
  12. samm

    samm Gold Member

    Yep was mine if you used the Toodyay vet.Doc was my vet when we were up that way and he still travels down to Mundijong to do all my geldings etc and I still talk to him regularly.
  13. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    Had to give my first needle this morning. She was really good and didn't make it harder for me than it already was. Took off the dressing and had a look at the cut, not too bad, but it's obviously a little uncomfortable.

    Her leg has swollen slightly too - made sure I put the bandage on firmly but not tightly.

    Samm - I'm surprised you use the Toodyay vet for horse stuff way down that way - I would have thought there'd be a horse specialist closer? Must admit, I don't usually tend to use Phil for the horses (either use Bakers Hill or take the horse to Belvoir), as I thought him more a small animal specialist, but he was quite competent and handled himself well - explained needling in an easy way for me to understand too. I may start using him more often now for the run-of-the-mill horse treatments.
  14. samm

    samm Gold Member

    Doc would have to be one of the best gelders I've seen.I've never had a problem when Doc's gelded them.(I call Phil "Doc",always have ).All my animals love Doc.We had a little dog that always used to run up and meet him at the top of the drive as soon as he'd hear Docs car and Doc would give him a lift back to the house.It was a ritual with him.I used to go and help Doc with his geldings and if he needed someone in the surgery if his nurse was ill.
    He's the only vet that Prince likes.
    What I like about Doc if the horse needs treatment he cant provide he'll refer you straight away to a specialist.
    He reminds me of James Herriot,real country vet :)
  15. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    Took this photo at 4 days. She's still feeling a bit sorry for herself (and has managed to knock her OS hind as well!!), but no complications as yet. Have manged to give her 2 needles and only have 2 more to go - looking forward to THAT being over with..

    I bought a poultice boot to stick over the bandages, it seems to be holding everything together pretty well. Hope she doesn't get too hot in it though...
  16. samm

    samm Gold Member

    Looking good HS.
    As its through the coronary band dont be surprised if you get a permanent ridge growing down the hoof in the future though.
    Good luck ,keep us updated.
  17. Troppo

    Troppo Well-known Member

    Looks like you have done a really good job. I know just how hard it is to keep cuts in this area clean but the cut looks clean and healthy. Well done
  18. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    It's been 8 days now, and I'm not convinced the cut is improving any. I gave her the last jab today, but was disappointed to note that the cut appears to have widened a bit, rather than closing up :(


    It's also getting increasingly difficult to get her onto the wash bay to treat her - she knows it's not much fun. I'll give it a couple more days to see if it improves any - keep your fingers crossed for me (and her!).
  19. samm

    samm Gold Member

    Horseslave ,dont panic.Wounds like that take a while.Princes took a good 6 weeks and that was in a cast.Then he reopened the scar a couple of years later.I left it that time and it healed much faster.Just gave it a wash every 3rd day.
    It has to close layer by layer before the top layer finally closes.
  20. Gamblin Paint Bred

    Gamblin Paint Bred Well-known Member

    Hi Horseslave I think our horses are communicating as Bobby has injured himself yesty, but you are doing well and the wound seems to be healing well, I don't like needles either:)*

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