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I've had a lot of horses get rope burned over the years. Unless the abrasion has obviously cut through the skin, muscle, and tendons, then I really don't think you have anything to worry about. He's sore, so he doesn't want to walk on it. Have you ever rope burned your hand? Same deal, you don't want to use it and when you do, you do it very gingerly because every time you make a big movement, it pulls on the burn and hurts.
Personally, unless it's going against the vet's orders, I wouldn't keep it wrapped. If it is open and bleeding, then keep it slathered with triple antibiotic ointment or, my favorite, Granulex and leave it alone. If it isn't open/bleeding but there is swelling, then I would cold hose it once or twice a day.
Of course, if you're unsure about the cause of the lameness, then the vet is the very best way to go, but IME, it's rare to see a horse that is seriously hurt by a rope burn inflicted upon themselves.
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