In April 2009, ERF were contacted by the owner of Leon after he had received a terrible injury to his leg that would not repair despite a small fortune had bee spent on vet’s fees. Unfortunately, the healing process had reached a plateau, the wound continuing to develop proud flesh.
He twice had to have the excess flesh cut off under local anaesthetic, which was very distressing for both the horse and his owner who was understandably it happening again as she did not want to put her beloved horse through yet more stress and pain.
Unfortunately, the vet could not advise her on a course of treatment to prevent the re-occurrence of the granulation. There is an article here explaining about proud flesh and how you can try and prevent it.
With difficult personal circumstances to contend with as well, the owner contacted us at ERF, asking for help. She had almost decided to have him put to sleep as she felt it unfair for him to be in continual pain and on continual box rest with occasional limited turnout in a very small muddy walled area.
We advised on a course of treatment for the wound, and within a few weeks the wound had started to improve.
Jenny from ERF went out to visit him to assess the wound and his mobility. At the time of injury, the vet had told Leon’s owner the tendons were severed and that he would never be sound, let alone rideable. After seeing him walked about he seemed stiff, but had good use of the limb.
Jenny from ERF took Leon to her yard in the Dordogne where he is still receiving treatment and where he will be cared for until he is ready to go out to a guardian under our adoption scheme.
Here he is, turned out in the temporary isolation paddock and enjoying himself…
As you can see, he is a beautiful well bred horse with a kind disposition, and at 10 yrs old has a future ahead of him when he is sound.
We are overjoyed that both Leon and Corran Ard have found new Guardians – you can read their story here.
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