has shown remarkable results in the treatment of horse wounds and the prevention of “proud flesh.” Wounds on horses can be difficult and slow to heal, especially below the knee or hock, primarily because the legs are comprised of bone, tendons and ligaments, lacking underlying muscle.
The skin is relatively thin and the tight surface makes suturing difficult. Even after wounds are stitched, they often break open due to excessive tension and motion. Injuries in this part of the anatomy tend to produce excessive granulation tissue, otherwise known as "proud flesh." Proud flesh is a protrusion from the skin surface and is accompanied by inflammation. It can significantly impact the horse's performance ability and appearance, which can ultimately affect its value.
Many potions have been developed to eat away granulation tissue, but they have generally been caustic substances. Caustic substances destroy healthy tissue and the exuberant granulation tissue. This approach is painful. The caustic substances may cause further damage to the wound and inhibit healing.
Home remedies suggest a paste of sugar and iodine as a cover up, or meat tenderizer, but they are completely ineffective. Left untreated this condition can result in a veterinarian having to cut away or cauterize the excess tissue, then tightly wrap the wound to immobilize it in hopes that the proud flesh does not grow back. It is a sad fact that in most cases, this approach fails.