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    08-02-2011, 08:28 PM
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Bite mark on miniature stallion's neck.

Or looks like a bite mark. What we can't figure out is how he got it! He hasn't been in contact with any other horses lately, so we're really stumped. The best we can come up with is that a gelding in the adjoining pasture (seperated by a wood and wire combined fence and 6"x6" panneled wire fencing) somehow weaved it's head in and took a chunk out of poor Montigo's neck! We discovered it two days ago when bringing him over to be dewormed (it was hidden by his insane amount of man-rapunzel hair, and we're only assuming he got it the night before. It was still open and completely unscabbed when found.) was infected. We called the vet out and he was given a shot of antibiotics, and is still getting a shot daily. He also is on anti-inflamitory and creams. Its strange though, because although the bite mark is sort of there, there is only a dime sized puncture to the side. The rest is just loss of hair and swelling. Someone had a sharp tooth!

Anyways. We've been shooting hydrogen prioxide as recommended, twice daily into the wound, and are advised to keep it open to let puss drain (when we first shot it in, the wound shot back at us in a fountain of puss for almost ten seconds! VERY disgusting, but its looking much better after the drainage.) but what I'm wondering is how to dress it. The wound is located just above his shoulder on his neck, near the middle, a very hard place to dress. Should I wrap it all the way around like he broke his neck or something? (I'm sure THAT would draw some attention!) I probably wouldn't dress it at all if it weren't for the tremendous amount of dust and flies we're having. Or if you don't think it should be covered, what should I apply to keep flies away? The last thing he needs is ANOTHER infection from fly larva!

Thanks guys!
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    08-03-2011, 12:10 PM
My horse got a cut on his rump 2 weeks ago and its finally scabbing. His was never this bad thankfully, but I feel your pain we are just coming off a stocked up leg issue for about a week or so. This cut seems to be in a bad spot like the rump, I cleaned it out and everything like you did and then I put a thin layer of vasoline over it as a protection shield type of thing.
    08-03-2011, 04:19 PM
Try some iodine in the cut too!!!:) it completely disinfects the wound, then like nicole25 said "use the vasoline"!!! Totally!!!
    08-03-2011, 04:35 PM
Iodine works well, I would top dress with a antiseptic udder balm, they tend to be very sticky and the flies don't like it. Letting it breathe is good. It will need to heal from the inside out.
    08-03-2011, 08:18 PM
Was it near his shoulder? He could have acted fast to bite a fly and bit himself accidentally...I've seen it happen.
    08-03-2011, 11:01 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Was it near his shoulder? He could have acted fast to bite a fly and bit himself accidentally...I've seen it happen.
woww!! I have never seen a horse bite himself to that extreme before!!! That's so crazy!!
    08-04-2011, 09:03 PM
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It actually is. You know, I never even thought of that! That would make a lot of sense, and he's just the sort of goofball that would do that. Thanks for the advice guys ^^ we are keeping it uncovered, but the vet had to re-open it today because the infection is still present and we need it to be draining. Poor little man! We tried both the iodine and the vasoline yesterday, and they both seem to be helping. The only problem is that he keeps trying to roll, thus rubbing some of the vasaline off and caking what is left with dirt! Crazy horse.
    08-05-2011, 05:13 AM
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What we use is either Wonder Dust or BluKote. We've also used Vetricin spray to clean the wound. It's kind of expensive but it works great. Ghost cut his chest open and it healed pretty quickly. There wasn't an infection or any mark afterward.
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