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Out of Control, “maybe we should put her down” type of Proud Flesh – Cured! Read on!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | Filed under Medical

This is a traumatic story with a happy ending.

My wonderful mare (see post 2/4/10 Canker ) had a baby in 1999 who I nicknamed Ava.  She was a beautiful filly with incredible natural knee action and a really sweet demeanor.  It was love at first sight.  Here is a picture of Ava with her Mommy when Ava was two weeks old.

Isn’t she cute?!  Full of life and talent!

Well, the very next day, Ava got her foot caught between a piece of wood and the automatic waterer.  We don’t know how long she was caught there, but we didn’t discover her until the next morning.  Needless to say, the sight of this little filly, exhausted, hanging on by a thread, balefully looking at us as her back legs were about to give out.

OMG.  My friend was the first to her.  Marla swooped in, picked up the filly and removed the leg from its awful entrapment.  In a flash of action, the filly was stabilized on the ground and the vet called.  It was obvious that Ava had struggled for a very long time as the wound was huge.  We were so thankful that she didn’t give up and sit down or she would have snapped her little leg.  What a strong little girl!  After we washed away the dirt, we could see clear to the bone.  Our first inspection of the gaping hole gave us hope.
Her tendons and muscles were there, she could use the limb normally and there wasn’t any profuse bleeding – so we hoped it might turn out OK.  We had no idea that with no broken bones or any other injury, proud flesh alone could kill her.

The vet came out immediately (bless her) and did her thing.  There was cleaning and probing, X-rays, sedatives, antibiotics administered orally and topically and then a cast.  The diagnosis was pretty good, at first.  Nothing was damaged except the flesh.  Ava should fully recover with no long-term effects.  But the flesh wound was daunting at about 5″ long and almost fully around her little leg. Yet, the vet was very optimistic.  All we would have to do is change the cast once a week for several weeks and all would be good.  Or so it should have been.

What really happened was very different.  For some reason, it would not heal. Cast after cast was applied.  The wound was abraded and treated every week.  Nothing happened.  It literally stayed the same size for 5 months.  Here is a picture of Ava at 5 months with her cast still on.

Believe me, everyone was frustrated.  Baby Ava was stuck in a little pen. The vets (at this point we had several involved) were upset that nothing was helping and I was heavy under the vet bills with no results.  I’m not blaming the vets.  We consulted every specialist possible.  No one knew what to do.

Eventually, we decided to leave the wound open during the day and soft wrapped at night.  We thought that maybe the air would help it more than the dirt would hurt it.  Nothing.  It was at this point that a few vets mentioned that maybe it was time for euthanasia.  Gawd.  Ugh.  Yes, the filly had no major improvement in 6 months.  Yes, we were all tired of treating her.  But, NO, I wasn’t going to give up on her.  I read everything I could and prayed to the horsey god in the sky…

Finally, with no answer in sight and in a fit of frustration, I pulled out the Healing Tree T-Zon cream I had gotten at the Horse Expo that year (I have no affiliation).  I knew it was created by a vet whom I had met at the Expo, Dr. Eric Witherspoon, DVM.  He said it was a great cream for healing the dermis (skin).  I remembered that.  And, since I am a fan of tea-tree oil, I figured it “couldn’t hurt, could help.”  I slathered that stuff really thick on her wound and wrapped it.  I held my breath and waiting until the next day to remove the wrap.  Gently, I pulled the cotton away and the area looked less pink, I thought… was I just wanting to believe?  I left the wound open in the air for a few hours.  Again, I slathered on the cream and wrapped it for the night.  The next day, it was definitely better.

Now I was on a roll!  I did this for two weeks.  It was better by a half of an inch and the middle was not so angry looking.  I did it for another week with the vet’s approval.  After the next two weeks, much improvement!  We kept going and after only 6 weeks, the wound was almost totally healed!  And, hardly a scar!  Here is a picture where you can see that Ava is only slightly older than when she had the cast.  (Obviously she is having fun torturing my donkey…)

It took about 2 more months for all the tissue to heal perfectly and after another year, there were no more white hairs.  OMG!  Here we went from a filly who was suggested to be put down to a filly with no scarring and a potential to actually meet her potential!

Well, a few years later, this picture was taken of my Ava as she was winning the World title in English Pleasure at the Morgan Grand Nationals.  She healed really well!!

So, I am not affiliated with the product, but I am a sworn disciple.  I use all of the Healing Tree line!  You can go to the website and check it out.  I use the cream on my skin every time I get a cut or burn.  I know it is not legal for humans, but I use it.  It does sting a little (the tea-tree oil…) but it works!

As for Ava, she was sold to a wonderful woman who has since retired her into motherhood.  Just imagine if I hadn’t found Dr. Eric Witherspoon at the Western States Horse Expo… What if I hadn’t bought his T-Zon cream…?  I wonder where we would be now… 

And, of course, this lovely filly would never have been born.  This is CBMF CHEATING HEART, born to Ava in 2009.   She is beautiful, healthy, happy and in a lovely environment to grow and thrive.  The cycle of life continues.

So for today, if you ever have proud flesh, remember this story.

And, if you see Healing Tree products — buy them!  They literally saved my filly’s life!

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A Facebook Frolick and a few other things…

I felt inspired today by something rather frivolous.  A Facebook Frolick.  And, because it is frivolous, I decided to start the blog with something serious.


I read on NEW BEGINNINGS ANIMAL REFUGE’S website that they just took in a poor colt who got his leg caught in a trailer which de-gloved it.  Owwww.  His name is Cowboy and he is only 19 months old.

The reason this spiked my interest, besides the fact that every sad horse story spikes my interest, is because it has happened to one of my horses as well.  That horrible de-gloving drama engulfed  my two-week old filly, Ava.  I wrote about it in my blog a while back.  (It has a good ending.)  You can read it here, if you’d like.  To summarize,  I had very wonderful vets taking care of my baby and her severe injury for 6 months.  The affected skin would not heal.  Proud Flesh reared its ugly head over and over again.  We cast it several times, we used different types of casts, we used packing wraps, surgery… NOTHING helped the skin heal.  After 6 months, the vets very gently told me that I should consider putting her down.  Oy!  In a fit of desperation, I grabbed my medicine locker and slathered Tea Tree cream all over her leg and wrapped it.  After two days, I noticed a difference.  It was working!  The product I used was Healing Tree’s T-Zon cream.

I know it sounds impossible that an over-the-counter salve could do what no vets could do… but it did.  My filly Ava (who was about to be put down) is now 10, has had a successful show career and is now a Mom.  So, if any of you ever have a need to heal some skin, please go to the Healing Tree website and order the T-Zon. (I have no affiliation)

Also, if you feel moved, please go to the NBAR site and read about Cowboy (link here).  You can see the pics of his injury – graphic.  He has a very sweet face.  Maybe you want to help NBAR and Cowboy in their struggle… or send them a bottle of T-Zon?  ;)

OK,  now onto Frivolity!


Alright, I think maybe I am a little left of center here…  I have noticed something that I do which I think is a little odd.  And I wondered if anyone else does it, too.  You wanna know what I do?  Well, lean in and I’ll tell you a secret…

I pick my Facebook friends by their photos.

There.  I admitted it.  Yup.  When I am poking around FB, if I see a goofy horse photo or a funny horse photo or a beautiful horse photo,  I generally want to “friend” the people who uploaded those particular photos.

Now, the ironic thing here is that they don’t know me and therefore they have to decide by my picture, whether or not they would like to “friend” me back.  Because of this, I have thought about putting up a rather silly horse picture as my photo.  But, then again, HORSE AND MAN is a business so I cannot really put up a goofy photo… but I want to.

I wonder if more people friend per photo as well?

Since I started noticing this about myself, I have been downloading particularly charming photos from FB.  I counted that I have pulled 40+ onto my desktop.  So, I thought I would share some of them with you to see if you would friend these people, too.

Do you browse for friends via the cute animal/humor factor?  I guess for me, if a pic makes me smile, I want more…  I want to know the person who is brave enough to share their underbelly of humor.

Here are my top 8, so far.  I’m sure I will continue to find more.

First, the horse with the costume always gets me.  This horse is a well known horse.  His name is Lukas and has had a book made about him.  I love that this owner continually dresses him up.  Ha!  I would, too, if they’d let me.  Anyway, I love this one.

Next we have the obligatory double donkey shot.  I love how they are looking right at the camera as if to say, “Yes, we are both here, did you want something?”

This dog kills me.

Next we have the lady who is laying down and her two horses come over to see what’s going on… I love this!  My horses would do the same thing! I’m sure that 30 seconds after this was taken, the poor woman was covered in horse smudge slobberdirt.

Who can resist a tiny baby!  Not me. Especially such a proud mini pinto tiny baby!

This skeleton of the horse drawn on a horse is a very good idea…

I laughed out loud when I saw the one with the owner putting two fingers up behind her horse’s head!  I love the horse’s expression, “Oy, she’s doing it again, isn’t she…?”

And, last for today, the horse sitting with his owner.  Gotta love it.

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