Beau’s Booboos

**There’s a few gross wound images in this one, so if you get squicked out easily, maybe skip this one. And don’t read it at meal time, either**

Two months ago our fence was hit by a car, allowing Beau to escape, get hit by another car, and then fall into a ravine. It was a trying day for Beau.

Against all odds, the old fart pulled through and has nearly completely healed. I firmly believe that, should nuclear disaster occur, Beau and the cockroaches will happily continue living on the farm without the rest of us.

The only picture I took of the original injuries, the white spots are liquid bandage over his many cuts and scrapes.

I didn’t take pictures of the wounds initially, because they were really disgusting wounds and I wanted no part of preserving that image. He had a deep slice down the outside of his right knee, and the skin over his left knee was almost completely removed, leaving just a flap of skin dangling over it. It was stomach turning even for me, and I was a veterinary technician for over a decade.

This was taken after one week of healing, to send to the vet. It’s actually a vast improvement over what the wounds originally looked like.

Because this happened in summer, our biggest concern was keeping the flies out of it. This proved challenging, as knees are nearly impossible to bandage. I started with standing bandages over manuka honey pads, which worked very well until the outside temperature soared over 100 degrees. It was just too hot for his legs to be wrapped 24/7. I then tried fashioning a sort of “band-aid” with elasticon over the honey pads, but it was so hot the adhesive on the elasticon was melting and starting to pull his hair out.

After one month of bandaging and manuka honey pads.

A bit of googling brought me to a bandaging technique called “spider wraps”. Basically, you cut strips into a rag, then tie the strips together around the knee forming a bandage that bends with the joint. Coupled with fly boots, it worked very well when he was in his stall.

I used my kids’ outgrown pajamas.

Unfortunately, when it came to turnout, Beau proved particularly adept at removing everything.

I left him alone for 20 minutes.

Eventually, I had to concede defeat and explore other options. While browsing a local tack store for more fly boots, because Beau had destroyed all of mine, I found a product called Purishield. Well, technically, my husband found it. He was at the tack store with me and said, “Hey! Why don’t you buy this stuff instead of those boot things that your stupid horse keeps messing up.” I figured it was worth a shot, and it was about the same price as a pair of fly boots (although, I did buy another pair of fly boots, just in case).

It did a great job of keeping the wounds clean and after two months, Beau has healed well with no proud flesh. I don’t know if it was the Purishield or just Beau’s natural healing ability, but I’ll definitely use the product again! Hopefully I won’t need to, though.

Two months in.

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