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What is Proud-Aid?

It is a front line wound care for horses. Proud-Aid is a distinctive formulation to aid in the prevention and treatment of Proud Flesh.

Concentrated formulation

Non irritant, smooth paste

Can be used without bandaging

Safe on pregnant mares

Safe to use for extended periods

Easy to apply

Stays in place

Helps protect gross contamination and invasive dirt from entering the wound

Proud-Aid torn fetlock

Benefits of using Proud-Aid for wound care

Proud-Aid wound care is a distinctive formulation to aid in the prevention and treatment of Proud Flesh. However, it also aids in the treatment of scratches, wire cuts, mud fever, skin irritations and other skin disorders in horses.

Proud-Aid is a smooth textured paste that is easy to apply and is non irritant to the horse. Therefore it helps protect from gross contamination and invasive dirt from entering the wound. Above all, Proud-Aid dries rapidly, stays in place and can be used without bandaging.


Exuberant Granulation “Proud Flesh”

The production of exuberant granulation (Proud Flesh) tissue in wounds healing by second intention is a commonly encountered complication in horses and therefore can significantly delay wound healing.

This is especially the case in wounds located in the distal limb. The horse activates connective tissue structures to a greater extent and earlier than other species. Dermal fibrosis and collagen deposition is excessive, elevating the wound above the skin surface. Histologically, granulation tissue (Proud Flesh) is composed of proliferating fibroblasts and endothelial cells in a connective tissue matrix.

However, factors which contribute to the development of exuberant granulation tissue (Proud Flesh) include a relatively poor blood supply to the distal limb, local tissue hypoxia, infection, movement and chronic irritation attributable to topical irritants.

Various studies have shown that certain topically applied products may be of benefit, though none of these products have been proven to consistently eliminate exuberant granulation tissue (Proud Flesh) in the distal limb of horses until now.

Clinical Trials

During these trials many of the wounds were left unbandaged and did not develop Proud Flesh.

Despite environmental contamination, the application of Proud-Aid decreased wound surface exposure to contamination and potentially allowed healing to progress with little gross contamination of the actual wound surface.
The ability of the Proud-Aid to remain in place following application is extremely advantageous in horses with wounds left to heal by second intention and without covering.
Horse wound
Proud-Aid Horse wound-healing
Horse wound-Proud-Aid
Proud-Aid Horse wound-healed


It is not necessary to bandage when using Proud-Aid but is recommended for severe injuries and certain conditions. Proud-aid will quickly dry creating a protective shell over a wound.


  • The area must be debrided to facilitate a small amount of blood.
  • Wash and dry the area then apply the Proud-Aid.
  • Allow Proud-Aid to dry then wrap with a non-stick pad.
  • Repeat step two and three every day for one week, then every third day until healed.

Depending on the development of Proud flesh.

  1. If Proud Flesh is 2cm or higher than the level of the skin, change every day until the wound is level with the skin.
  2. If Proud Flesh is 1cm higher than the level of the skin, change every 2nd day until wound is level with the skin.
  3. Change bandage every 3rd day to prevent Proud Flesh and to aid in the treatment of other wounds.

We recommend applying the Proud-Aid immediately after washing and drying using a non-stick pad in direct contact with the wound, and then bandage. In some cases it is acceptable to apply Proud-Aid direct to the non-stick pad as well as the wound before bandaging. Proud-Aid adheres best to dry wounds just after washing with an anti-bacterial solution then patted dry.If you use a woven gauze pad the Proud-Aid will absorb into it, and not work as effectively.

No. Wash well, and wipe away any Proud-Aid that can be removed. If a trace of Proud-Aid is still present, it will not damage the healthy tissue, so this allows the application of fresh Proud-Aid to be applied over the top. If the Proud-Aid starts to build up on the edges, soak the wound with warm soapy water for several minutes to moisten the areas more, and then remove, this will make it easier to remove the build up.

It is important that any infection is treated BEFORE USING Proud-Aid. Proud-Aid creates the perfect wound bed and rapidly improves healing time. Wounds may abscess if infections are not treated and cleaned up.

Proud-Aid should not be applied directly to the bone. Full thickness wounds (through to bone) heal only after the formation of a granulation bed. Granulation tissue begins 3-6 days post injury.

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