Best thing for minor scrapes, cuts & abrasions?

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    07-20-2010, 10:09 PM
Best thing for minor scrapes, cuts & abrasions?

Whats the best thing to put on minor scrapes, cuts and abrasions? My daughters mare Indi scraped her back last Friday. We went to the barn and got her out of the pasture and it must of been fresh because it was still bleeding a bit. I flushed it with the hose and used swat on it to keep the flies away. It's taking longer to heal than any other scrape she's had. I am wondering what is the best thing to use on things like this? There are so many choices! Lol it's hard to pick out the best thing.
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    07-20-2010, 10:20 PM
Last Friday is not very long ago. Many people over treat wounds and they can take longer to heal. Keep it simple... wash it with an antibacterial soap, use some betadine and neosporin and then just let it heal keeping an eye out for any infection.
    07-20-2010, 10:34 PM
I agree. Keep it simple. Let air get to it. Horses have an amazing ability to heal if we don't put to much on it.
    07-20-2010, 10:42 PM
Can do. The barn owner tends to over react which makes me over react. There are no signs of infection. I'll pick up some betadine and neosporin in the morning and try that. Thanks!
    07-20-2010, 10:43 PM

I use neosporin with pain relief when my horse gets a minor cut. It seems to just help keep the infection rate down and I feel better putting it on. And its nice to keep around in my tack locker in case I injure myself.
    07-21-2010, 12:28 AM
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Air drying does do amazing things..some of the horses got bit by one of the other horses.They weren't deep so we just let nature take it's course and they are pretty much healed...just need to grow the hair back. The oinments I use is diaper rash's good if they get chapped muzzle. Vet recommended it so I know it won't do harm. Triple antibiotics,corona..anything that will help it heal. My horse doesn't get injured really. She had a scrap on her hip and I just put ointment on it sometimes and just let nature do most of it. It's a faint scar but her hair grew back and I imagine it will fade as life goes on.
    07-21-2010, 04:12 AM
Manuka Honey or Apple Cider Vinegar. You can buy both at a health food store. Heres some links:

Honey For Horses - For First Aid? Yes!

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar with Horses and Uses in the Barn
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    07-21-2010, 04:21 AM
Deep wounds I use Sugardyne, but most small stuff I just wash it a couple times and let Mother Nature care for it. As long as it is dry it won't tend to get maggots, just keep an eye on it.
    07-21-2010, 08:27 AM
I wash it the first day and leave it going at it constantly wont heal it. If you get a nick you rinse it and leave it allow the healing process to occur
    07-21-2010, 08:36 AM
If you are going to wash the average wound out with betadine please make sure it is very diluted (weak tea). Betadine full strength can damage the new tissue.

Neosporin (or any triple antibiotic) works well.

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