ERF were contacted several months ago by the owner of this horse after he had received a terrible injury to his leg that would not repair. A small fortune was spent on vet’s fees by the owner trying to repair the leg. Unfortunately, the healing process had reached a stalemate and whilst still under veterinary supervision the wound continued to develop proud flesh. He twice had to have this all cut off under local anaesthetic, very distressing for both the horse and his owner. Understandably she was very worried about it happening again, as she did not want to put her beloved horse through even more stress and pain. Unfortunately, the vet could not advise her on a course of treatment to prevent the reoccurrence of the granulation. There is an article here explaining about proud flesh and how you can try and prevent it.
With difficult personal circumstances to contend with as well, the owner contacted us at ERF, asking for help. She had almost decided to have him put to sleep, as she felt it unfair for him to be in continual pain, and on continual box rest, with occasional limited turnout in a very small muddy walled area.
We advised on a course of treatment for the wound, and within a few weeks the wound had started to improve.
Jenny from ERF went out to visit him about a month ago, and assessed the wound and his mobility. At the time of injury, the vet had told her the tendons were severed, and that he would never be sound, let alone rideable. After seeing him walked about, he seemed stiff, but had good use of the limb.
This week, he was collected by Trina of ERF and took to Jennys yard in the Dordogne where he will be cared for until he is ready to go out to a guardian under our adoption scheme.
As you can see, he is a beautiful well bred horse with a kind disposition, and at 10 yrs old has a future ahead of him when he is sound.
Here he is today, turned out in the temporary isolation paddock and enjoying himself…