I was introduced to AluSpray (or AluShield) two years ago when a horse came home to the barn from surgery and had this bright silver metallic stripe down his healing incision. It looked futuristic and bad-to-the-bone, and I had to know more.
It’s possible I’m the last horse owner to be using AluSpray, but just in case it’s new to you also, AluSpray is basically an aerosol form of aluminum powder.
Thankfully, I haven’t had too many serious wounds to care for this past fall, but I did have a couple scrapes that needed extra attention.
The first was a deeper, open laceration on a gelding’s lip. It was a difficult location to keep clean… I would scrub it out each day, but I struggled to find a way to protect it from his alfalfa crumbs. I love my THH Wound Salve, but unfortunately it would just kind of melt out of the wound. Then, I tried a powdered wound dust thinking it would have more stickability, but the second he took a drink, it would just wash away! Finally, a light bulb went off and I borrowed a can of AluSpray from one of my boarders. I cleaned the wound, dried it, and then sprayed a generous amount all over the outside and inside of the wound.
I tied the horse and let him stand while it dried. It worked like a charm! Not only did it stick AND stay all day, it helped the wound heal faster and seemed to prevent proud-flesh.
I’ve always felt like I have a well-stocked first-aid kit, but I was definitely lacking a nifty little product like this. Each wound is different, and it’s helpful to have a wide range of products on-hand. I splurged and ordered a can at Christmas.
I’m so glad I did, because when I pulled Kona out to ride one day I discovered a little sliver of a laceration. He’s so hairy right now, so I clipped around the cut and then cleaned it. It was a little deeper than I originally thought… I did a happy dance and pulled out my AluSpray!
Am I the only one who drools over up-close-and-personal wound photos?!
If you haven’t checked out AluSpray yet, this is your kick in the pants to do so! You might just need it someday. And if you have a gray horse like me, it’s a must-have because it blends right in with their coat!