This wound, on a 14 year old mare, was caused by a loose piece of tin. This mare is blind in the right eye. In a
pasture situation while running with a herd, a loose piece of tin stuck in this mare on the right side center of her
barrel. The wound was sutured twice unsuccessfully prior to arriving at Step Ahead Farm.
At Step Ahead Farm the wound was treated as an open wound. The bandaging used on this mare was different
than the bandaging now used, which was undeveloped at the time of this mare's injury. The healing of body
wounds require no concern for overgrowth of granulation tissue (proud flesh).
The common practice is to allow the tissue to be exposed to the air which permits the excess tissue to die. Most
body wounds heal much slower if left unbandaged and allowed to dry out.
Maintaining moisture at the wound site is one exception we take to traditional treatments.
Developing a bandaging technique that is adequate and easy to maintain is the first step in this process.
If you examine some of the later cases, you will see where there have been modifications to the bandaging of body
wounds to produce an adequate bandage to hold primary bandages in place.
This horse healed in 56 days and was sent home.
Treatment 9-4-03 through 11-2-2003
Day 1-Arrival                                 Day 2                                            Day 2
Day 4                                           Day 9                                        Day 17
Day 17                                    Day 17                                         Day 32
Day 32                                     Day 32                                       Day 32
Day 50                                      Day 50                                         Day 56
Day 56                                    Healed                                           Healed
Case 56
Barrel Injury
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