My horse sustained a cut on the outside of his left front leg -- just below the knee. I'm told it's been there for about 3 days, yet none of the barn managment called me to tell me. It's since developed proud flesh plus his leg is quite swollen, and I've had several people tell me that I can just hose his leg with cold water for 15 minutes a couple times a day, and then apply something like Furazone on it. Weeeell... the Furazone melted right off. So a lot of good that did. From what I've read, the best thing to do would be to put a bandage on it -- wouldn't that require stall rest? Currently ALL horses are out 24/7 and my horse would not appreciate being the only one in the barn -- I can imagine him pacing and that defeats the purpose of "minimal movement", doesn't it? But we will be moving in a little over a week, and he will have more stall time at the new barn due to limited turnout space.
Anyway! My farrier was at the barn yesterday and said that she wouldn't nessecarily use Furazone because it melts right off in the heat -- which it did. She mentioned a couple names of other things I could use, but I've completely forgotten.
So my question for you all is, what would be a better topical treatment?
I wish I had pictures, I will probably get some today if my batteries aren't low. This proud flesh is NOT going above the surface as much as I expected it to -- but the skin is not touching. I'm told once the topical treatment kicks in and gets some of the proud flesh outta there, the top part of the skin will slide down further, closer to where it is supposed to be.
Needless to say, if in a day or two I feel like it's just getting worse, I will call my vet. But I'd really appreciate any topical suggestions you have for me, because the furazone is totally not going to work...