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Fetlock abrasions - Update: Summer Sores - Ivermectin on wounds?

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  • Fetlock abrasions - Update: Summer Sores - Ivermectin on wounds?

    **New questions later post**

    I have never seen this before.
    My horse was quarter-sized abrasions - the right hind now has proud flesh.
    I don't know what is causing this - he lives in a dry lot.

    I arrived at the barn yesterday to note both areas exposed. There must have been scabs there that were somehow scraped off.

    I don't know what to do. I have not dealt with proud flesh in years.
    Due to my own illness I cannot regularly get to the barn to treat/wrap/protect the areas. I anyway cannot imagine wrapping hind fetlock joints.

    Would something like fetlock boots work - to perhaps hold a dressing in place underneath? Keep flies off the wounds? Allow the wounds to heal? Protect the areas from more of the same?

    I think the barn help would do better with boots of some kind vs wrapping.

    Yes, I feel like a deadbeat owner, but I am doing the best I can. Today was a day-long IVIG infusion for me - I will be wiped out who knows how long - then more doctor appointments.

    TIA any experiences/thoughts/advice.
    Last edited by grayarabs; May. 3, 2012, 08:30 PM.

  • #2
    Bell boots flipped upside down

    Medicate the wounds, wrap appr, appopriately, and flip the boots up

    Sorry you're feeling so puny
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


    • Original Poster

      Thanks JB. I now remember reading about using bell boots like that.
      I have never used them and don't own any.
      What are the best - ie easy on/off etc?
      Some come with velcro?
      I have got to figure out how to make this work - what to order or what/where to buy.

      What is the best for proud flesh?

      My poor brain - it hurts - I cannot think. Thanks again.


      • #4
        Adams meat tenderizer for proud flesh. Seriously.

        Gum colored pull ons for bell boots.

        I'm sorry you're not feeling well


        • #5
          Sorry you're not feeling well. Hope 'this too shall pass'.
          My warmbloods have actually drunk mulled wine in the past. Not today though. A drunk warmblood is a surly warmblood. - WildandWickedWarmbloods


          • #6
            Does he have enough bedding - if not arrange for more.
            Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


            • Original Poster

              That's the weird thing. He is in a dry lot paddock - I guess mostly sand/dirt.
              I cannot think of an area that might be hard/harsh enough to cause the abrasions.
              I assume they are from rolling. ???


              • #8
                Probably from laying down to sleep. I had a gelding that got them on one fetlock from the way he folded it under himself to lay in the gravel.

                Does he have anywhere that's not sand/gravel to lay down?


                • Original Poster

                  For now - could splint boots work to hold a medicated pad in place?
                  Neoprene. The boots turned around to protect the outside i/o of the inside?
                  Would they fit that way OK? There are splint boots for hind legs???

                  I need to make up a list of supplies and have someone get them for me tomorrow and hope that I can make it to the barn on Friday.

                  It's a bad time at the barn right now and I cannot ask the BO or BM to help me with much just now. One of their horses is at the vet clinic in serious condition.
                  He might have pigeon fever. All I know is he has a deep abcess somewhere.
                  Chest/shoulder and perhaps a hoof. So my problems pale in comparison. But if PF I have another reason to have my horse's wounds covered.

                  I don't think I will sleep much tonight worrying about all this. All your help much appreciated. Thanks so much.


                  • #10
                    My mare has an increasingly sized abrasion on her right hock. I have tried many things (blue lotion, Bickmores Gall Salve, Alushield, etc.) to get it to heal, but have had no luck. It started small, but is almost the size of a nickle, now.

                    Tess has shavings in her stall, but prefers to sleep outside in the dry lot. She gets neurotic if she is shut inside of her stall, so that is not an option, either.

                    How do I get this healed and is there anything that I can try to prevent it?

                    Sorry to hyjack your thread.
                    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                    • #11
                      Could they be summer sores? Their usually super itchy... In which case I'd try to have them dewormed with ivermectin and then you can use something like MTG or wounded warrior on the sores to prevent a secondary infection.... just a different guess.... have any pictures?
                      Saddle Tree Acres


                      • #12

                        Fetlock protectors! I ran across these as I've been looking for hock protectors. My guy has a similar sore on each hock from lying down.
                        "I am still under the impression there is nothing alive quite so beautiful
                        as a thoroughbred horse."

                        -JOHN GALSWORTHY


                        • #13

                          Thanks for the link. I will measure and order the hock protectors today.
                          When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                          • Original Poster

                            I have a picture I could forward to someone by email.
                            The same photo I sent to the vet.
                            She thinks is a summer sore.

                            I am still trying to find out if a splint boot could work in a pinch for now. For outside protection of the joint vs inside. Would they fit that way if reversed? Are splint boots made differently for front vs hind legs?


                            • #15
                              I dealt with a pesky summer sore on a boarder's horse last year. It finally healed after six weeks or so of treating it with Ivermectin--we gave him one orally and then went through probably ten tubes putting it directly on the sore three times a day. You can also surround the sore with swat to help keep the flys away which will in turn keep more eggs from being laid.
                              Originally posted by EquineImagined
                              My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.


                              • #16
                                greyarabs I'll take a look at the picture to see if it looks like my horse's sore if you'd like. My email address is tlm2a@yahoo.com.
                                Originally posted by EquineImagined
                                My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Vet will mail to me a special ointment for summer sores.

                                  In the meantime what can be put on the wounds?

                                  My horse was wormed two weeks ago with Ivermectin.

                                  I have another tube of Ivermectin. Can that be applied topically?

                                  Any other ideas? I hope I am able to make it to the barn tomorrow and do something that will help. Thanks again.


                                  • #18
                                    Yes, apply the ivermectin topically--that's all we used to heal ours.
                                    Originally posted by EquineImagined
                                    My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.


                                    • #19
                                      How will you heal them if he contiues to lie on the gravel/sand. Can he have a load of something soft dumped, sand, sawdust. Then he can roll and have a lovely time without opening the sores?
                                      Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                                      • #20
                                        My old gelding's hock sores are permanent and have been for years. They're dry, about the size of a nickle, and don't seem to bother him at all. No amount of lotion, potion or goo has helped over the years. I've deep bedded his stall, wrapped, and finally ignored them.

                                        Just cosmetic at this point. I wouldn't worry about 'em!
                                        Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.