Sunday, October 18, 2009

Barbed wire and legs don't mix

Every year we have attempted to go on a relaxing vacation. Hopefully one that would not cost an arm and a leg. So far we have been unsuccessful. Every year some thing would happen to the motorcycle that would cost us hundreds of extra dollars. Crystal, Pat's horse, decided that she would be the one to spoil our vacation this year. She got into a fight with barbed wire and the wire won. She has numerous cuts on her legs, back and sides. One in particular prompt a call to the vet. Luckily her tendon was not cut. This is what her leg looked like 2 days later when we got home. This is after I cleaned it up. It had copious amounts of yellow pus flowing out of it. My daily routine now consists of hosing her leg for at least 20 minutes at a time. At first it was twice a day. During that time I had to give her medicine by mouth. Now this was fun as she would pick out the food it was sprinkled on and not eat it. So I rigged up a syringe with apple sauce mixed with the medicine and gave it to her like wormer. Not fun as it was a large amount and could not be done quickly or all given at one time as it was a rather large amount. This followed by wrapping the leg up several times a day as the bandage would work its self down. After a week of that I had to add a topical antibiotic, steroid, anti-fungal ointment and wrap it up. This was for 5 days. Now I use neosporin and hydrocortisone cream. This is not easy. This horse does not really like me. I am constantly having to mess with a hurt back leg, a leg that could easily kill me with one kick if she so desired. I am so tired from the constant battle.
I am working hard to keep what is called proud flesh from developing. Proud flesh is a ugly, ugly, place. Any horse people out there that knows how to help, let me know. I know you can cauterize it, I also know that is not the best way to go as that can cause problems of its own.

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  1. Oh that poor horse. Poor you too for having to care for it.. I hope she recovers soon.

  2. Celeste, these kinds of things are just the kind of thing I wish I could help with. Since I can't I'll offer my good wishes that the horse recovers soon ... so you can ease up on all that work.

  3. If you don't have the proud flesh powder, try meat tenderizer. No really! You sprinkle it on the proud flesh you don't want (with a little Vaseline if it doesn't stick naturally, and it eats the proud flesh! Weird, right? Still, it works in a pinch.

  4. That's horrible! Pay attention to Astaryth; she is the most horse-knowledgeable person I've met online. I trust her advice.


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