Wound Healing And Proud Flesh In Horses

Overview
Any full thickness cut below the knee or hock if not cared for properly can develop proud flesh (exuberant granulation tissue).
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Discussion:

This post is in 5 parts (4 videos and a string of photos):

  • Video 1 – wounds, normal healing, and the formation of exuberant granulation (proud flesh). This describes the difference between a partial thickness and a full thickness skin wound
  • Video 2 – Factors of human origin that create proud flesh. A neglected horse has dirt, mud, movement, and biting that also creates proud flesh.
  • Video 3 – How to manage wounds to prevent proud flesh
  • Video 4 – A demonstration of how to remove proud flesh and correctly wrap a wound to prevent it.
  • Stills from the last video showing the correct wrapping of a wound to prevent proud flesh.

Summary: Any full thickness cut below the knee or hock if not cared for properly can develop proud flesh (exuberant granulation tissue).

Granulation tissue is important in healing. But humans, through honest caring, mess things up. Neglected horses with full thickness skin wounds, especially over joints, often fair worse.

Prevention through diligence works.

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