We would like to introduce you to Sister and share some feedback that her Mum, Fern, sent us after using StreamZ technology on her horse who had experienced a serious and potentially life-threatening wound.
Please note - the images below are not for the faint hearted!
“We noticed our coming four-year-old mare, who we call Sister, was always laying down when we would look out in the pasture to check the horses. This went on for a few days so we walked out to the pasture to take a closer look and find out what was going on. What we found was a horrible large gash on the back of her hock. We managed to get her up and proceeded to lead her to the barn very slowly as she would not apply any weight on that leg and was extremely lame.
She was seen by the vet and we cleaned and doctored her wound daily for two months straight. If she laid down, it was very difficult to get her to stand back up without giving her some help. When we did get her up, she was encouraged to drink. We always kept her confined to a smallish area behind the barn. Two months of doctoring and watching her just stand with very little movement, we were thinking of having to put her to sleep. Our thinking was she would never come up sound and was clearly unhappy and in pain.
After a long chance conversation with StreamZ Canadian Manager Carly we decided to try the EQU StreamZ bands on Sister to see if they would help get the circulation moving and make her more mobile. With nothing to lose, but the horse, we thought let’s give them a go. We borrowed a set from a friend and put the EQU StreamZ bands on each of her back legs. We kept her in behind the barn in case they would come off and waited to see the impact.
Within three days of having the bands on she was up, standing and moving around!! Three weeks later, she was moving so good the bands were removed and she was turned back out to the pasture. We watched her run and other than a little favoring of that leg, she was moving and running completely normal and continues to do so to this day.
She is coming six years old now and is currently being rode at the feedlot. To this day we do not know what caused this horrible injury. We have found nothing in the fence lines or pastures that we could blame for this so it’s one of ‘life’s little mysteries’.
We are very grateful for our conversation with Carly and after seeing the results of Streamz Technology firsthand are great supporters of your Equine Products. We are also both using your new wristbands and have seen results with them on ourselves too!
Barrie and Fern Long, Canada.”
Treating your horse after a wound
Wounds, scrapes and abrasions in horses are a common occurrence and every horse owner should be aware of how to deal with their horse if they do suddenly experience a wound to their skin.
3-day eventing challenges horses to compete across a high-speed cross country courses with a variety of solid and fixed jumps. These can sometimes create wounds as the horses brush past them at pace. In the majority of disciplines however experiencing a wound is rare. With many of us hacking our horses in our spare time, often in the countryside, this too can increase the risk of your horse developing a cut or abrasion.
Whilst the majority of wounds can be small and simply require a quick clean, some wounds can have far more serious complications and require immediate emergency treatment. In more severe cases the horse will become immediately lame.
The most common reported wounds occur on a horses limbs (legs) so having an arsenal of knowledge at your disposal in case you are faced with a wound is always advisable.
If the wound looks like an abrasion (rather than an open wound) and you are confident that it doesn’t overlie important muscle or ligament structures - and that no lameness is visible - you can apply a clean dressing and inspect/and clean the wound every 12 hours or so. If the wound is more than an abrasion or you are in any doubt, call your vet!
In every case, managing your horses overall well-being will be an important step for their recovery process. Carefully plan your horses diet and mineral intake and see what tack products, such as EQU StreamZ magnetic bands, might also be available to support their recovery.