As she stepped down, she caught her leg in the cam latch thingy (the one on the right), and it is a nasty- deep wound. luckily, she was putting weight on it and there was not tendon or bone damage, and she was not limping. We had several pieces of advice on the wound, most of whom determined that stitches would not do so well, and it was better just to maintain. Here it is after irrigating it right after it happened. We irrigated, used Vetericyn and a salve (Bag Balm), wrapped it over night.
Day 2 - This is what it looked like after we removed the bandage. Again, we irrigated, until it bled again. We let it air dry and this time we used Vetrecyn and Neosporin, then wrapped again. She is being stalled at night and hanging with the horses during the day to stretch it out.
More updates as we bandage her. I have never dealt with a severe wound fortunately, so any comments are appreciated!
Here is Day 3: We did not irrigate today, just sprayed with lots of Vetericyn, and redressed. Planning to irrigate again and give it some time to air out tomorrow (day 4).
Over the last few days, I have gotten so many various pieces of advice on how to manage this wound. I thought I would share the instructions I have received for anybody interested:
90% say to useVETERICYN!!!
Professional horse trader: Irrigate ONCE, use blue cream (horseman's dream) and wonder dust, bandage, and change/dress daily.
Vet 1: irrigate, once then, Vetricyn and salve daily keep it bandaged for the first few days
Vet 2: irrigate, neosporin, bandage - check again in 48 hours. irrigate every day, or every other day and switch to vetricyn or underwoods.
Long time horsewoman: Irrigate daily or twice daily depending on depth/size, vetricyn, stay away from wonder dust- bandage and don't stall.
Another long time horsewoman who runs a rescue: Echinacea for antibiotics, and underwoods spray (or vetricyn) bandage- dress and change daily
One thing I looked into about vetericyn. They sell an eye wash, and wound care. The eye wash is a bit cheaper (like $20), while the Wound spray is about $32 at Tractor Supply. I examined the labels of both (as I have purchased both) and look closely at the ingredients and percentages. Am I crazy, or are they exactly the same? The one on the right is eye wash, on the left is wound care.
A few days later, (pre-irrigation) it is starting to drain. After I irrigated this one, it became very red so I started her on Echinacea (natural antibiotic) and it looked and smelled much better today.
Day two of being on Echinacea, the wound looks much better, I am still using Vetrycyn daily, but added iodine yesterday and today to ensure any infection doesn't take over. I also hesitantly, used a little bit of wonder dust. I have heard such mixd reviews from very trusted horse people. I was unable to irrigate it today because our water was frozen over, so I figured that anything I could add, would help. She is really starting to hate the Vetrycyn spray sound and feeling.. I hate that my girl has to go through this :-(
A week and a half in to this and about 5 days of echinacea, the wound looked much better, but it was still very moist. I switched to underwoods and have been using that for 5 days. Today I pulled the scab of (on accident), and put more underwoods on.the wound is about 1/3 of the size that it was. Once I started using underwoods, I stopped irrigating it everyday and it started to look much better.
She healed up PHENOMENALLY! I will post a pic asap, but she had no proud flesh, and hardly any scarring. I think she will have hair back in the next month.