Or atleast...it 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.) Unfortunately...it 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!