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    04-13-2012, 01:49 PM
  #1
Weanling
Bandaging an ill placed cut.

So I'm wondering about bandages for a cut on the hock. It's right under the joint so bandaging is somewhat baffling to me. I just wrapped her really tight to begin with until the bleeding stopped. Right now she doesn't have any bandage on, just the goop. Will that be ok? She's out walking around fine. It's not that bad of a cut, it's just long. Should I do the aluminum sheild?
     
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    04-13-2012, 02:15 PM
  #2
Trained
I like to use a healing ointment after I clean those kinds of cuts and I use several different kinds of pads to cover them. For a long cut below the hock I like to use an extra long maxi pad (because it's thick) and then I wrap cotton or a quilted pad around it and then vet wrap. I like all the padding because the vascular structure is close to the bone & surface there and with the padding I don't have to worry too much about cutting off blood supply if I wrap fairly tightly to keep things in place.

If it's on the hock itself that's a little tougher to bandage and if the horse isn't patient enough for you to do it, I'd leave it open and clean it and spray it with something like Vetricyn daily.
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    04-13-2012, 02:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
I read somewhere that a lady used the 'little swimmer' type diapers. They have elastic leg openings which can accommodate the horse's leg; the elastic is snug enough not to slip but not so tight as to cut off circulation or cause tendon problems. She was really happy with how well they stayed on!
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    04-13-2012, 03:31 PM
  #4
Weanling
If you have a wound on or near the hock that needs to be bandaged, you have two options for effectively covering it. The first option is to wrap the entire leg from the hoof past the hock. Without the lower part of the bandage, you have no hope of keeping the wrap up unless you wrap it too tight. Put a non-stick pad over the wound, wrap the leg in cotton padding (like 3M's Gamgee) to diffuse excess pressure on the digital flexor, and then cover the whole thing in Vetrap. Your other option is to use a hock-specific bandaging system like the Tape-LESS wrap.
     
    04-13-2012, 03:33 PM
  #5
Weanling
Here's an example of the whole-leg bandaging that I'm talking about. The injury being bandaged here was directly on top of the joint.

     
    04-13-2012, 03:41 PM
  #6
Weanling
I say it depends on the severity of the cut if its not deep I wouldnt wrap. Just keep it clean and apply salve to it. Its a tricky place to wrap and if your not familuar with wrapping such a area you can cause more harm then good. JMO

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    04-13-2012, 06:14 PM
  #7
Weanling
Glad to see I'm not the only weirdo out there using feminine products in animal care! I did use a maxi pad and vet wrap immediately to staunch blood flow. I left it on over night. Just took the wrap off this morning as it was on tight and I didn't want to do more harm than good in that.
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I like to use a healing ointment after I clean those kinds of cuts and I use several different kinds of pads to cover them. For a long cut below the hock I like to use an extra long maxi pad (because it's thick) and then I wrap cotton or a quilted pad around it and then vet wrap. I like all the padding because the vascular structure is close to the bone & surface there and with the padding I don't have to worry too much about cutting off blood supply if I wrap fairly tightly to keep things in place.

If it's on the hock itself that's a little tougher to bandage and if the horse isn't patient enough for you to do it, I'd leave it open and clean it and spray it with something like Vetricyn daily.
     
    04-13-2012, 06:19 PM
  #8
Foal
You can also wrap the hock,then taking scissors cut a small line about two inches long at the bend to prevent it from binding circulation.

You can also use a Dermapatch so you don't have to wrap the area at all or collagen.
     
    04-13-2012, 09:42 PM
  #9
CCH
Weanling
EZ Pet Supply - Tapeless Wound Care System

Is an OK product, you can find it in most stores fro $20 or less. But you will probably have to throw a standing wrap below it or some vetwrap. Nice because they are reusable. However, if the cut has any depth, you will have to go classic bandage from hoof up like has already been described.
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    04-14-2012, 12:53 PM
  #10
Started
The hock is a very hard place to wrap as said. If you do wrap it, I second the full leg wrap post. One of my mares cut her hock in January, we hosed it and left it open. We put yarrow powder in it twice daily and it is now completely healed.
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