Small "gash" on hoof

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    05-19-2011, 06:11 PM
Question Small "gash" on hoof

Hey guys - my boy was being silly, and somehow managed to create a small gash on his hoof - I've called the farrier & vet and both say to keep it clean and watch for infection. The problem is that we can't figure out a good way to keep dirt out of it.

Here is a picture:

It'll be cleaned every night of course, but since it's in such a 'high traffic' location, we are trying to figure a way to keep it clean during the day, but we're not sure of how to keep a bandage around there when he goes outside. I thought maybe a gauze + duct tape bandage might be able to do the job. What do you think?

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    05-19-2011, 06:30 PM
I think you'll do far more damage trying to keep it bandaged than that little scratch will do. If I had a wound like that on my own hand I don't think I'd bother bandaging it. Horses are not made out of cotton candy. They can heal perfectly fine without any help from thier owners most of the time and this is definitely one of those times.
    05-19-2011, 06:37 PM
I agree with Kevin, my horses have had little scratches like that more then once and they've healed up with no issues. I just leave it alone and occasionally check it to make sure it hasn't gotten infected.
    05-19-2011, 07:39 PM
Yup, wash it once a day. If you want you can put some antibiotic / polysporin on it. Unless it's a puncture and there is something in it, I wouldn't worry too much.
    05-19-2011, 08:05 PM
I'm never really sure how much 'tending to' a wound needs, so I just thought I'd be on the safe side and ask! I'll continue cleaning it out and hopefully it heals well! Thanks for the help!
    05-19-2011, 08:08 PM
Maybe it's just me, but at first glance, it looks like a blown abscess. Either way, just keep it as clean as possible and watch it for signs of infection. I wouldn't try to bandage it simply because it would be impossible to keep the bandage clean and a dirty bandage would be an infection waiting to happen.
    05-19-2011, 08:16 PM
Maybe it's just me, but at first glance, it looks like a blown abscess.

I thought this as well, but the farrier was the first person I called / sent a picture to. Her explination was that he must have clipped himself, which makes sense as he did have a fall / crazy moment ( for lack of a better description) earlier that day.

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