In certain cases a cast can be extremely beneficial in wound healing. This case is an example of a wound that benefitted from a cast. This horse got her foot stuck in some fencing and avulsed (tore off) part of her hoof wall along with doing a lot of tissue damage to the pastern area. When the wound was initially treated it was bandaged and started on antibiotics. One week later when we were past the infection stage, we put a foot cast on her. The cast acted as a bandage and kept the wound clean and protected. It also stabilized the foot and coronary band which hopefully allows for healing that most closely resembles normal tissue. This was extremely beneficial because there is a lot of movement in the foot area this can prolong wound healing. We left this cast on for 3-4 weeks. During this time the horse was kept in a stall with handwalking or in a very small dry paddock. The owner closely monitored for any cast sores or increase in lameness. We removed the cast at 3 weeks to see what healing we had. At this point we had lots of healthy granulation tissue filling into the wound site. We were so happy with how things were healing that we applied another cast after cleaning the wound and repeated the same process for another 3-4 weeks. At this point we felt we had enough healing that another cast was not needed and we proceeded with some special shoeing along with a light bandage. At no point did we have to worry about extra granulation tissue or proud flesh. Casting can be very helpful in cases where there is a lot of movement in the area that is slowing the healing process, along with saving the owner money on bandage supplies. The main risks associated with casting are cast sores or casting with an infected wound underneath that deteriorates underneath the cast.
THANKS to all of you who kept me and my horse Joe ( I'm Cotton-Eyed Joe) in your thoughts and prayers after his recent colic. Joe received EXCELLENT care and life-saving surgery from Blue Ridge Equine and Dr. Trostle. I am grateful for the experience of Dr. Trostle, the interns, the great care and frequent communication.
Thank you so much for your excellent care and compassion shown to Zack and me during our visits to the clinic over the past few months. He is such a sensitive guy, and I love him so much – you made a scary and difficult time so much easier to bear. I always know my animals are safe in your hands! I hope you all know how grateful I am.
A heartfelt thank you for the tremendous work your team performed on Sprout and Lulu. The past 2 weeks have been an education for me on the vast medical resources available at BREC. I truly realized the extent and depth of veterinary talents within your organization. I feel totally blessed knowing you are there for me and my equines.
Thank you, Anne, Dr. Hecking, Dr. Moore, and Courtney for being so helpful through this whole journey, and for being respectful and compassionate to the end. I would recommend you all highly to anyone who is in need of a professional and caring veterinary clinic.
Thank you so much, Anne, for your speedy reply and your consideration for giving me a little education in the process. This, along with the wonderful Dr. Hecking is the reason I want to be your customer! You all have a wonderful day.
Just thought you might like to see pictures of Willie and me checking out the ACTHA trail at the Horse Center. Willie and I are also back to taking dressage lessons, and hope to enter Dressage With a View at the Horse Center on June 30th! Just Intro A and B, but not too shabby for all he has been through. None of this would be possible without all of your hard work, expert care and belief in us. Thank you so much!
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