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Leg wound reopened by horse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 15, 2012 10:34

Question: Having the same problem with this horse. Keeps opening the wound on the front of his leg. Thanks very much to Dory for the Bitter Apple, however, did not work. Any ideas? Was wondering about a powder of some kind that will get into his nostrils and deter him. He really is not chewing it so much as rubbing it open with his nose. He is out with the other horses now and his leg seems to be working very well. The tendon, as you said, has scarred down and he is pretty well sound on the leg. Roxanna

Answer:  Sometimes preparation H helps a lot with the itching of a wound. Is it on front of hock (hind leg) or front of carpus (front leg)? Wounds that were on front of these joints have high movement and minimal extra skin to close fully so the horse ends up with an epithelialized mature scar. These have little structural strength and frequently reopen or crack and ooze permanently. 
Dr. Wayman DVM

Answer:  Thanks for your question Roxanna.  I agree with Dr. Wayman, these wounds are difficult to heal properly because of the leg structure.   An option is to reopen the wound, take it down to the granulation bed, debride and freshen skin edges. Dr. Domoslai DVM

Snowball feet

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 23, 2012 06:08

Q:  What causes “Snowballs” on some horses feet and not others?  Same horses in the herd have the problem.  Is there a solution besides removing them?

A:  Shoe with snow pads, use boots for turnout, some say oil feet soles or spray with pam cooking spray before turnout but I don't know if that works or not as I haven't seen it in action. Dr. Lisa Wayman

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Bleeding into Extensor Tendon Sheath

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 15, 2012 11:55

Q: I have a three 1/2 year old mare who had an injury in early '09 which caused her to bleed into her extensor tendon sheath that runs in front of the hock. The vet drained the blood once and injected the tendon sheath twice in the months after the injury. The swelling just keeps coming back. I had a consult with another vet who suggested surgery to repair the very small tear in the tendon and drain the sheath surgically. Is there anything new that can be done. I wish we could inject the area with something that would break up the blood clots and encourage the body to absorbe the fluid. Any ideas?

A:  If a surgeon thinks that surgical repair is feasible then that is how you should proceed. Anything injected will be ineffective as long as tendon sheath fluid and/or blood fills the space. Once stopped, therepeutic ultrasound, wrapping, hydro boot massage etc will help dissipate the accumulated fluids. Dr. Lisa Wayman