Finally, it's my turn to ask about a injury. Only a small one, but if not looked after it could of course go south. So, I'm asking...
On Sunday, my mare (Lisa) was off on her near front. It was so slight I couldn't tell for sure which side it was that evening. I looked and felt and prodded... couldn't find anything. Monday, nothing more. Tuesday definitely off, but I found the culprit. A tiny piece of wood somehow managed to puncture her sole. It's been very wet here lately so her feet are unusually soft.
I got the piece out. It was about 1/16" diameter and maybe 1/4" long. I scrubbed her foot really well with lysol, rinsed well. Applied iodine to the tiny hole and wrapped. Later that day I went to check and changed the wrap (my first one sucked). When I washed it then, it bled. I felt better about it then. Put some antibiotic cream on and re-wrapped properly. Yesterday and today, just washed once each day and applied cream, new wrap. I wasn't going to wash with lysol today, but her diaper fell off so I wanted to be sure. I want to just scrub with water tomorrow.
No heat, no throbbing pulse. She's still a bit sensitive on it, but not much.
Now, how long do I have to keep wrapping it? It's going to be awfully hard to see if the hole is closing because it's so small. I don't want to risk her getting anything in there. The location is about 3/8" in front of her frog apex, so I really am concerned about keeping it clean. I figure I'll wrap for 10 days for sure, but will that be enough I wonder?
Boy, oh boy though -- wrapping her hoof is keeping it sooo nice and dry. Maybe I should put diapers on all her feet! She wears size 1.