Proud Flesh in Horses


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Vicki Pinner says:

    My mustang, Tonka, had proud flesh. The very best thing ever was Underwood’s medicine. They do not sell it in Virginia; I had to order it from Oklahoma where they make it themselves. It is amazing. You spray it on, and then you put baking powder on top. You do NOT wrap or wash it. Go to to check it out.

  2. Jennifer Brock says:

    I have been healing local horses for decades with black pepper. Its sterile and regulates healing so that no proud flesh develops. Please see my public facebook note on it and photos and testimonials. IMO this is the only way to heal wounds as its a no fuzz method that works

    • Vicki Pinner says:

      Question: Suppose you discover proud flesh that is old? We had a mustang that we took in from a rescue. We discovered proud flesh, and we treated it with Underwoods which shrunk it, but did not get rid of it totally. Have you ever tried to Black Pepper treatment on proud flesh?

  3. Jennifer Brock says:

    no fuss … not fuzz … oops

  4. Marilyn Daniels says:

    My horse had a cut under her front leg were all the wrinkles are and it took me a long time to heal it ,then she started getting little open sores around her body I have them also heal now she has raw sores in between her back legs and they look very raw and sore ,I do try to put wound coat on her but it is hard because we’re it is her legs rub together and make it more sore . so my question is would water apple cider vinegar and coffee hurt her back in that spot?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Marilyn, Could it be summer sores? I’m not sure I would put apple cider vinegar on those (maybe diluted). And what’s the purpose of the coffee? If it is summer sores, I know deworming with ivermectin is often recommended.

  5. Mary says:

    I never ever wrap a open wound, especially on lower legs. Setting yourself up for failure. I’ve taken care of some really nasty wounds… the trick is irritating the wound to bleed, daily. If there are flaps of skin, cut them off… don’t suture them together, it just won’t hold. Make sure the edges of the wound at the hairline don’t form a scab, it if does you aren’t dressing it properly. Get the scab off as gently as possible. Might take you 10 minutes to soak with betadine and water to soften it enough that it will peel off. The skin next to the hairline should be pink and will begin to grow over the wound, with hair growth following it. This is where the healing starts from, the hairline. Most people aren’t aggressive enough to keep the proud flesh from forming on the interior of it. Irritation aids in bring circulation to the area to heal. I only have to clean once a day. Depending on how the wound is healing, I might let it go a day. Sometimes letting it form a scab for a day aids in the irritation during removal when you clean it. I scrub lightly enough but aggressively enough to get it to bleed a bit, then pat dry, spray with Hydrogen Peroxide, let it sit for a minute or two, rinse, pat dry and then apply a iodine dressing salve (Biozide or even Silvadene). Horse gets turned out to do whatever horses do. I have yet to see a suture hold a lower leg wound successfully. (In fact, I haven’t seen a suture hold any wound on a horse successfully, just because horses are weird creatures that don’t like being still for long or stall bound.) Been doing this for 30+ years and rarely have any scarring… maybe the tiniest hairline scar, which the hair will cover. You have to part the hair to even find the scar. If you’re squeamish about this treatment, then you need to find someone that isn’t afraid to attack the wound correctly. Vets are always wanting to suture things together, wrap them and keep the horse stall bound. This is nonsense. They do it to make the owner feel like they’ve done something good. There are times when you may have to tranquilize the horse initially to keep the wound clean, because it does hurt when you clean and some horses are just overly sensitive to it, but as time progresses, you’ll need less and less. Things heal from the inside out. Inside the wound and inside the hairline. If you remember that fact, then you’ll be successful.

  6. Melanie says:

    I have used PF Wonder Salve after getting rid of sarcoid. Next time you have to deal with something like this, check out them out for proud flesh. The case studies are mind blowing. It works really fast. Be sure to check the injury photos. 🙂

  7. april D whitted says:

    Can someone give me some horse has a deep laceration on his lower hind leg..around 6 inches above the hoof. When it finally starts healing he literally gnaws away the pretty tissues that have grown.

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