Aardora helps speed abrasion healing in three ways. First, as a powerful, all-natural antimicrobial dressing, it protects your horse's damaged skin from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Second, Aardora's superior moisturizers quickly soothe itching, irritation, redness and swelling. Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from the skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.
About Abrasions, Symptoms & Causes:
September 9: First 12 hours. Aardora is applied the night before and picture is taken 12 hours later.
September 13: Day 5 Scabs start to form and thewound starts turning pink; a sign that healing is underway.
September 21: Day 13 Wound continues to heal and dry up.
Septemebr 26: Day 18 Goldie continues to show dramatic healing as the wound continues to shrink and close, measuring 4.25" x 9.5" over a 50% reduction is size.
October 3: Day 25 In just 3.5 wks, Goldie life threatening wound turns into a quick healing abrasion.
October 7: Day 29 In just under one month, the large wound has decreased in size to measure 3" x 8.5". A reduction of 70% since in 4 weeks.
October 21: Day 43 The wound enters its final days of healing.
October 26: Day 48 The wound is nearly completely closed.
November 2: Day 55 The wound measures 2.25" x 6.5". An 80% reduction in 8 weeks.
As much as we try to protect our horses, they sill have a tendency to injure themselves from time to time. Abrasions usually occur when a horse falls and skids, skinning her hip, leg or shoulder. If the wound is a simple abrasion, you can probably take care of it yourself, but check to make sure there are no punctures, lacerations, broken bones or other more serious damage before treating the skin damage.
Caring for Your Horse's Wound:
First, keep in mind that your horse is quite uncomfortable and is likely a little scared. So, try to calm your horse down by petting it, surrounding it with favorite blankets, or offer it a treat, etc. Using a slow, relaxed voice, assure your horse that it will be alright. Although your horse will not understand what you are saying, they’ll perceive your soothing tone and emotion.
Always clean your hands thoroughly before handling your horse’s abrasion. If your horse is bleeding, take several pieces of gauze, or a clean towel, and apply pressure for a few minutes until the area is dry.
Then, begin to clean the affected area. Clip away any hair which is hiding the wound with a set of grooming clippers or a small pair of first aid scissors. This will give you greater access to the wound, and give dirt less places to hide as the abrasion heals.
Once the area is clipped, take a clean gauze or towel and soak it in an antibacterial solution, such as saline solution (contact lens solution) or hydrogen peroxide. Or, wet the towel and rub it with a gentle soap. Use the towel or gauze to wipe away any dirt, debris or grass from the wound. If the abrasion is large, you can use the water pressure of a hose to wash the area. Depending on the severity of the abrasion, this may sting. So, if you sense that your horse is already in extreme pain or likely to become unruly, you may want to request the help of a vet to sedate the horse or provide pain killers.
Gently pat the area dry with a towel. Use a topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, to guard the skin against bacterial infection and keep the affected area clean. Aardora will also relieve your horse’s inflammation and redness, and minimize uncomfortable skin-surface pressure. Afterward, cover the area with a gauze, wrap with a bandage and then secure with tape, being mindful not to wrap the bandage too tightly and cut off circulation to the affected area.
In the following days, check the wound every 12 hours. Gently remove any scabs or dead skin that have formed, clean the area with soap and water, apply Aardora ointment and apply a fresh, clean bandage. Unless the abrasion is extremely large and deep, it can generally be left uncovered after 1 week. If the wound is severe enough for stitches, or there is muscle damage, consult with your veterinarian on a daily basis.
In some cases, a pus-filled boil will develop as the wound heals. Pus is a thick fluid produced by the body as it fights the bacterial infection. While these dead white skin cells are attacking the bacteria, they create a hardened lump on the skin. Do not be alarmed; although this boil, or pustule, may be unattractive, it is a sign that your horse’s body is fighting infection and trying to heal itself. If you come in contact with draining pus, just wash your hands; this bacteria is only infectious to humans if it is exposed to any open wound on the owner’s skin.
During the Healing Process...
Throughout the healing process, try to maintain your horse’s overall health by obeying a consistent high-quality equine diet regimen and using non-irritating grooming products. Keep in mind that a horse can develop dry, dull or itchy skin in reaction to a malnourished diet, over-bathing, under-brushing or to a chemical-filled shampoo. Finally, keep stalls clean and dry so that bacteria, fungus and parasites don't have a place to breed. And, keep fields clean from irritating brush, stinging nettles, etc.
While you may assume that it is best to limit your horse’s activity during the healing period, it is actually helpful for him or her to exercise daily; this keeps their skin and limbs from becoming stiff. Movement will also encourage blood flow and help deter unnecessary swelling or pressure.