A few weeks ago, I pulled Kona out to ride and walked him all the way to my trailer before realizing he had a swollen laceration above his left eye. It was deep, but it had obviously been a few hours and my window for stitches was clearly gone (out the window).
So, I started to mix an iodine solution to clean the wound. I put on some gloves and tried to flush out the wound as best I could, with it being directly above his eyeball! I could see bits of hay already stuck down deep in the crevice, from eating at his round bale. I ended up using a ketchup-type bottle and squirting the solution down the wound. Thankfully, Kona is a patient guy. I’ve had The Herbal Horse’s Heal Quick for a long time, but I seldom get opportunities to use it. Thank goodness. This seemed like the perfect time!
I liked that the Heal Quick wasn’t liquid-y, but it stayed in place where I needed it to. I even pressed it down into the crevice. I gave him bute that night for the swelling and pain and planned to check it in the morning.
The wound obviously needed deep cleaning every day, since Kona would poke his head way down inside the round bale. Every time I cleaned it, I’d flush debris out! Things seemed to be going well, until after five days of cleaning and applying Heal Quick, some pretty icky proud flesh started to form. I don’t know about you, but I’m a scab-picker. I personally think it’s important to pick off crusty scabs when you’re cleaning wounds, otherwise you’d never see proud flesh growing or infection brewing.
With any other wound, I would have immediately reached for the Granulex. Man, do I love my Granulex! It’s an awesome product that eats the proud flesh away. You do have to super careful not to over-use it, though! When I use Granulex, I monitor changes in the wound daily and alter my treatment accordingly. However, in this case, I did not feel comfortable spraying something like that so close to his eye. In fact, I didn’t feel comfortable using any of my other products either, besides the Heal Quick. I’m not an overly organic gal, but in this case, it was the definite winner! I knew that if it got in his eye, it wouldn’t cause any damage or pain. I didn’t know how well the Heal Quick would treat the proud flesh, but given that I didn’t have another option, I said a prayer and slathered it on.
For two more days, I continued to flush and scrub the wound with an iodine solution, peeling back most of the crusty scabs each time. Afterwards, I always applied the Heal Quick.
Here’s the wound on the seventh day. The proud flesh seemed to stop growing, and the wound was closing up!
I’m very please with how well The Herbal Horse’s Heal Quick worked! I knew it would be safe for a vulnerable area, and it even effectively treated the proud flesh. I plan to always have some Heal Quick stashed away in my wound kit now!