RainyDayRunner

How to keep my mare from getting proud Flesh

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On February 17th, 2017 My young mare and I got hit my a car going too fast around a corner. The driver was not looking and hit the back end of my horse and I. Thankfully no broken bones but as for me a pretty bad concussion and a thumb sprain. But as for the horse since she was hit on the right side of her back end she fell forward onto her knee's and skinned up her lip and left knee pretty bad. I have to change her bandage every two days and she is now on stall rest with short intervals of going outside in a small paddock to eat grass while I clean her stall. She has no broken bones but her knee is pretty cut up. I was just curious as to what I can do to keep her knee from turning into proud flesh? Is there any techniques or anything I should be putting on it?

I have been giving her 1g of bute in the morning and at night but recently my vet said we can stop with the bute and just keep wrapping up her leg.   

My Question is how do I keep my mare from getting proud flesh on her knee wound?

***This first picture is two days after the accident.

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The pictures below are from Ellie's 4th bandage change. In the bandage, there was very little drainage in the bandage which is very good! Today was my very first time changing Ellie's bandage by myself. Usually, the vet would come out and do it but my vet said that I can handle it now.  The picture looks like there is puss on the cut, it is actually just the antibiotic ointment that was on her gauze pad in her previous bandage. 

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Follow your vets advice and keep up with the wrappings. The pressure from the bandages actually inhibits proud flesh. If it should later start to develop some, get some Proudsoff and follow directions. Looking pretty good, so far.

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Thank you noponies! I really appreciate your response. She is getting better at letting her leg be wrapped for now but she is also on stall rest and gets very bored and just wants to be outside. I let her outside for a bit while I clean her stall but I am afraid to leave her out there  on her own because I do not want her to run or do anything stupid, you know?

 

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Yes, I can take her for walks just not extensive walks because the wound is in a spot where there is so much motion going on it is hard for it to heal. she has her jolly ball that she loves but she gets too hyper with that. She likes to rear with the ball and come down on her leg. 

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Rainy, I had my 9yo mare get skinned up a couple of years ago. I use something called 'Spurrs Big Fix' it is a wound treatment that works on EVERYTHING from rain rot to open wounds. We wrapped her knees and kept her stalled (per vets orders) for a week. Noponies is right the pressure helps. We used to take Whisp out of the stall, once the vet had release her to be able to do so,  to 'walk' on her lead. This was a lillte over 2 years ago and she is doing fine now. I hope that your baby recovers 100% and that you are not traumatized too much by what happened. 

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Oak, I think She and I are fine I just want to be able to give her everything she needs. She is only 3 almost 4 this spring. So I hope she is not affected by traffic in her coming years. She does get to go out in a small paddock for awhile but she is used to being out on pasture 24-7 so she does not like the idea of being locked in a stall all the time when her buddies are outside.  

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Sweet mare, I'm so sorry a driver hit you both and very glad the injuries are as light as they are.  I don't have any experience with this sort of wound, I just wanted to offer some well-wishes.

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Your Ellie is a pretty girl. I hope that traffic doesn't spook her in the future as well. I will say a prayer for you and your pretty baby tonight. I too am nursing a horse with a wound. They get right in our hearts and we worry like 'parents'. Best of luck to you. 

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Oak's, Yes somehow they just nuzzle their way into our hearts. We just want the best for them. What happened to your baby? And thank you for the prayer!! We both really appreciate it.

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There was a girl on the boards years ago, I think the horse was named Slinky. She was battling proud flesh and I think whatever she did worked for her. If only we could find the post. 

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We used something from the vet - can't remember the exact name, it was equi...something.  It came in a small plastic can, was a thick grey paste, and worked magic.  Does anybody else know what this stuff was called?  It was a little expensive, but you didn't need to use much and it was great.

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Thanks noponies, yes, it was EquiAid - I checked the website and that's what we used - it worked beautifully and I highly recommend it.

 

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RainyDayRunner, how is your Ellie doing? I have been thinking about you. The guys at the ranch had some heavy work to do Thursday and w/Oaks wound, he still wasn't able to do field work. So (I was battling some stomach issues) I took him out for a ride and an idiot in a truck came blazing by crossed the center lane and spooked Oak causing him to stumble and fall onto his front knees. The vet was on her way to take his stitches out any way so I had her look him over as he was favoring his front right leg. He is ok, but I was thinking about you and the accident you had with your Ellie. Is she healing well? I hope she isn't developing any complications. Let us know how she is doing. 

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I know there are horses that are road safe. The trouble is, all drivers aren't horse safe. I'd never ride on the road I live on. I'm half afraid of cutting the grass next to the road.

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Well Jubal, where we are the place is 'unincorporated' and the nearest town to us is population 1,849 (1500 of  which are convicts at a correctional institute). There is rarely traffic on the road. I have been out there riding on it many times as it has VERY wide shoulders and mostly peanut, cotton, soy, or corn fields all up and down it with dirt roads to the left and right every 1/2 mile to a mile apart. It is VERY rural. The problem is these days too many people have their faces in an electronic device and do NOT pay attention to what they are doing. Or at least I would HOPE that was the case and the idiot didn't do it on purpose. However, not 15 miles away they found a poor hound dog hiding in a drainage ditch who had been shot point blank with bird shot and his hind legs wrapped together with duct tape. THAT was intentional and some cruel individual did THAT. So you never know. A local vet has treated the dog and a group of people have donated money for his care and we are all now trying to find a home for him. As soon as the dog can leave the clinic a lady we know is going to foster him. People are cruel. So I don't know if the person was just not paying attention or if they were just a jerk who thought spooking a horse would be a funny thing to do. 

 

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That's awful, about the dog. About two years ago, I happened to be looking out the window, and a small car sailed off the road and across the front yard of the house next door. The young girl driving said she had "lost control." Well yeah, that was apparent. I'd bet she was looking at a phone. I live on a sharp right curve. The fence of the farm next door is directly in front of the curve. I can't tell you haw many times it's been hit, but I can count six posts that have been knocked down by cars. There are some pretty inattentive drivers out there, not to mention the chemically impaired ones.

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Yes, that is just awful about the dog!!! makes me so incredibly sad. I just could not imagine anything happening to my dog like that! ugh! Also, to answer your question Oak's Mama. Ellie is doing AMAZING! she is now out of stall rest 24/7. Now she just has to be in a small pen during the day and stall at night. And for a 3-year-old she really needed to get out of that stall and do something with other horses. She is not showing any signs of lameness or anything which I am very happy with. I only have to wrap her leg every four days now rather than every 2 days which I gotta say driving home from college every two days got to be a bit of a hassle not to mention juggling work too. She is not showing any signs of Pure flesh so I am very impressed with her as of right now. Thank you so much for thinking of us! I can not imagine that people would be so oblivious to horses and how unpredictable they can be. Oak could have spooked and went in front of the truck at the worst situation!!! That is so terrible. I am glad he did not but even a little spook is scary! 

I can put some videos and pictures of her wound below to show her progress!

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