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    08-19-2012, 11:00 AM
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Foal
Question Barbed wire cuts

Hi there! Does anyone know what is best to prevent scarring from barbed wire nicks and cuts? For when it is still open (to promote healing) and after it's closed (to promote hair growth). My horse stays in a paddock with barbed wire as the rain has all but washed away his normal paddock. He is very curious and keeps getting new cuts on his face and neck. Thanks!
     
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    08-19-2012, 11:16 AM
  #2
Foal
I like to use vetericyn on minor cuts/scrapes when its fresh and in the healing phase. Once it has scarred over, I have heard of people using udder balm (bag balm) to keep it moisturized and promote hair growth.
Of course...I'm sure you know barbed wire isn't safe, but maybe adding a line of electric will teach the horse to stay off of it.
     
    08-19-2012, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ioconner    
Of course...I'm sure you know barbed wire isn't safe, but maybe adding a line of electric will teach the horse to stay off of it.
No no no no no.
Electric should never be anywhere near barb wire. If a horse gets caught in the barbs of the wire, the shock will only freak them out more and liken the chance of serious injury.
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    08-19-2012, 11:28 AM
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Foal
Thank you, ioconner, I'll see if vetericyn can be found in South Africa.

I know barbed wire isn't safe, but he is at a boarding facility and I don't yet have anywhere else to take him. I keep bugging the owner about it, but nothing has happened so far so I'm in the process of looking for a new place. Hopefully I find a place soon!
     
    08-19-2012, 11:37 AM
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Weanling
If they are superficial scrapes, a topical like corona to keep flies out and support healing...you really shouldn't need anything for hair growth..usually grows back.
If they are deep call a vet.
     
    08-19-2012, 11:44 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by SleipnirCB    
Thank you, ioconner, I'll see if vetericyn can be found in South Africa.

I know barbed wire isn't safe, but he is at a boarding facility and I don't yet have anywhere else to take him. I keep bugging the owner about it, but nothing has happened so far so I'm in the process of looking for a new place. Hopefully I find a place soon!
nearly everything can be purchased on line..shipping well another issue.

Fencing is hard & expensive to replace. I hate the barbed wire here..& its only at the top. Replacing is in the plan but major change as its a lot of fencing and this is my own ranch! I doubt that bugging the BO will accomplish much!
     
    08-19-2012, 12:19 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by eclipseranch    
if they are superficial scrapes, a topical like corona to keep flies out and support healing...you really shouldn't need anything for hair growth..usually grows back.
If they are deep call a vet.
Thank you! I'm just very concerned as he keeps getting new cuts. He's still young (2 y 9 m) and extremely curious! Someone suggested I put milking cream on. Do you think that could help? I assume it would at least keep it from drying! ;)
     
    08-19-2012, 12:26 PM
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Trained
If he is constantly getting cut by barb wire, there's your sign! Going to be only a matter of time before he gets a biggie!
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    08-19-2012, 12:30 PM
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If he is constantly getting cut by barb wire, there's your sign! Going to be only a matter of time before he gets a biggie!
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I know, but the livery owner is basically ignoring me! And I have nowhere better to go for the time being. :/
     
    08-19-2012, 09:06 PM
  #10
Foal
I had heard that Vetericyn is basically just bleach and water mixed together. Does anyone know about that?

I understand that conditions would force you to leave the fencing as it is. We have a lot of barbed wire fences around here. I'll have to agree with what I'm reading above. When the wound is still open our main priority is keeping it clean. I flush out wounds with water and then apply betadine/iodine either in the scrub or spray on form. Once you've done that if you'd like you can apply an antimicrobial ointment, like neosporin. The human kind works just fine and is easier to come by. Once the wound is healed over you can apply something like bag balm, possibly Vaseline? To keep the skin soft and try to avoid scarring.

Good luck!
     

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