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YOGI's Story

Even the vets were impressed with how well it has healed in 10 weeks

Our lovely horse Yogi managed to impale/rip himself on December 28th 2017. Due to it happening during the day and us only finding it when he came up for dinner, it was unable to be stitched and had to heal as an open wound. We had experienced great wound healing in the past using The Aussie Farrier Hoof Growth pellets and we were interested in seeing how well they would work with this wound. We doubled Yogi's dosage and even the vets were impressed with how well it has healed in 10 weeks.

How could the Aussie Farrier Hoof Growth Pellets speed wound healing?
The Aussie Farrier Hoof Growth Formula provides 550mg Zinc and 125mg of Copper per 50gms dose.

Zinc is involved with growth rates and healing. Zinc to Copper ratio needs to be from 3:1 to 5:1 to achieve the optimum absorption of both minerals. The correct amount of dietary zinc speeds up wound healing – two to three times as fast as horses with a deficiency. Zinc has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and infection and can create healthy veins and arteries that boost blood circulation.

Zinc deficiencies can be caused by an excess intake of calcium as calcium displaces zinc. A horse fed purely on lucerne hay/chaff without supplements could have a zinc deficiency.

Primarily we use zinc in The Aussie Farrier Hoof Growth formula to boost the horses ability to heal and grow healthy tissue in the hoof. Boosted wound healing is a wonderful add-on benefit!

Yogi's story - photo 1

Photo 1: 10 Days after the initial injury. You can still see the hole where he impaled himself. The wound was being flushed daily and sprayed with Dermaclens solution. He also had penicillin injections for the first week and sulprim antibiotic powder orally twice a day

Yogi's story - photo 1

Photo 2: Two weeks after the initial injury. By now maggots had taken up residency in the wound under the top flap of skin. Disgusting as this was, the vets advised that this was good as they were eating dead flesh. The sulprim antibiotic powder orally twice a day was to continue until the maggots left the wound. The vets advised that the top flap of flesh would die and would need to be cut off at a later date. We continued flushing the wound daily and spraying with Dermaclens solution. We also applied Manuka honey to deter some fly action as we were in full summer and the flies were terrible.

Yogi's story - photo 3

Photo 3: Eight weeks after the injury. To the amazement of the vet, the top flap had stayed alive and now appeared to be adhering to the wound, negating the need to cut it off! The maggots had left residence in week 4, so sulprim was no longer being administered.

Yogi's story - photo 4

Photo 4: Ten weeks after the injury. The wound has healed incredibly fast and clean and we believe the double dose of The Aussie Farrier Hoof Growth formula sped up the wound healing process at least 2 fold.