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    Heel bulb laceration *Warning* Gross!

    My 23 year-old Arabian mare discovered a new way to injure herself. I discovered just a few days ago this horrifying heel bulb injury and searched every inch of the one acre dry lot pasture for anything to explain this. Then a couple days later, she has the same thing but not nearly as bad on the other hind foot. Then I saw the tufts of hair on the non-climb pasture fence where she has been leaning against the wire fencing to rub her butt. The wiring is now stretched. She backs into the fence and when she does, her hind feet get stuck under the bottom of the fencing. When she steps forward....rip!

    We are putting boards across the bottom of that section, and I will be putting up hot wire later. My vet saw the photos and has instructed me to keep it bandaged and use antibiotic ointments. The fun never ends.

    The initial injury complete with flies and hanging chunks.

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    Today after just a few days in the bandage. The hanging chunk is reattaching.
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    You could try some proud-aid on it.

    http://www.proud-aid.com.au/clinical-trials

    They are a pain though when they do that. Took old Pago about 3 months to heal from doing that years ago.
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    Wow poor baby!

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    I really think if I could find a way to invent a bubble wrap blanket for horses I would be rich, but then again they would probably find someway to choke on the blanket. Really anything and everything they can injure themselves on they will. You could also try some electric fencing on the top so when she goes to rub her butt she gets a little zap. There are some low voltage fences that I have been shocked by that really aren't that bad, just startle you more than anything.

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    Poor girl. Horses will never stop inventing ways... Hope your girl gets better soon.
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    I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you were raised by a wild herd of Mustangs in the Nevada mountains and have mad skills beyond description...Muck Muck


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    ah! I have been having a slightly similar issue and was about to post a thread asking for help on how to bandage and healing aids, mind if I post on here? I dont want to take over but then again I hate posting similar threads while others are still active!
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    In terms of bandaging and healing aids, the first concern is keeping the wound clean. Clean with some betadine scrub and then apply an antibiotic ointment. I personally like to wrap these wounds to keep them clean while they can heal. They are just too close to the ground and are going to get dirt in them. You can wrap them a number of ways, make sure you put some sort of clean gauze over the cut. Then I personally like to do vetwrap around the foot and up a little from the injury. Duct tape around the foot to stop anything from going up in the wrap, or elasticon works too. Then elasticon on top to prevent anything from going down in the wrap. It is extremely important though that anything that stretches, so the vet wrap and elasticon goes on VERY loose. These can cause serious problems if they are on too tight. There are other variations that will work as well, as long as it is clean and protected. Also ask your vet about pain meds/antibiotics.

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    ^^ to that, my 3yo cut above his coronet band. I lightly wrap it with vet wrap, then duct tape on the hoof and above to keep it in place. However, he likes to chew and play on the wrap and took a fairly minor cut and made it much worse by cutting into with the wrap one day. Its now unwrapped with topical treatment after two weeks of wrapping. Vet says everything is healing fine and not to worry but I was wondering if you guys had any tips/tricks for a different wrapping way in order to keep it on as he frollicks and nibbles lol. 3 year olds....geez!

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    A pic of it when I found the cut, before cleaning it so ignore the mud clumps. And then today after he was galloping around like a maniac in the field and the larger open area is where the wrap cut into it about a week ago. It was all pink flesh colored and smoother until he ran around this morning
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    There is something called wrap last to prevent horses from chewing on wraps, blankets, etc. And to keep it on during movement try wrapping the top and bottom with elasticon, it is pretty good at keeping things in place. If it still won't stay on I have wrapped the whole thing in elasticon before, just be really careful that it is not put on too tight.
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    Meaganrh3,

    Are you sure that is a cut? It looks a lot like "scratches" or "mud fever" which is a skin infection that causes that part of the leg to crack in that area and in just that way. If your horse is on grass which is damp and it looks in the photos that the soil is damp, it may actually be a fungal infection. I have seen it in several pasture horses from the constant dampness. Looks just like that. If that is what your horse has that specific condition will need to be treated, the skin needs to stay DRY.

    What I have been doing is what Whitney M described. I am cleaning the wound and using antibiotic ointment, putting on a layer of cotton and coflex, then a layer of duct tape ONLY around the actual hoof but NEVER over the skin area. (not even if there is cotton under) Duct tape can cut off circulation. As it is only the heel bulb on my horse, it is a pretty low bandage. Then I put an easyboot over the hoof. They will wear right through that duct tape layer under the foot which will cause the bandage to be able to creep up the leg. (think tournakit!) The easy book keeps the bandage from wearing through.

    Here is Robby's foot before I put the boot on. Note I am very careful about not having the coflex go up her leg without cotton padding under.

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