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post #1 of 7 Old 02-17-2014, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Bite marks

Do you "doctor" horse bites or leave them be?

My nearly 3 year old recently started trying to work his way up in the herd hierarchy (5 other geldings from 4-24 years old,) and he is sporting a ton of bite marks.

Aside from using Vetricyn on one larger (1x4 inch) spot which was deep enough to be slightly concerning, I've been leaving the bites alone. But during yesterday's grooming session I stopped counting once I hit 22 bites and started fretting about potential scarring...
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-17-2014, 05:05 PM
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Ugh! The 7 year old gelding I used to ride had the same problem. It was hard to groom around all his battle marks. We just left them alone. Some did scar.
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Are you sure he's not fighting for his fair share of food,,,as in not enough hay out for the number of horses ?? this seems like way too many bites/kicks/boo-boos for trying to move up in the herd heirarchy..jmho

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Round bale available at all times, and his chunky butt is there munching more often than not! I really believe he's just being a rowdy youngster. During our recent cold snap, he was often seen tugging on his blanketed pasture mates, happily darting off when they got annoyed, only to come right back and do it again.

He was bottom of the totem pole when he joined the herd this summer, but there are now two horses who move when he says so.
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We just clean them with betadine, coat with neosporin, and let them be. If it is deep enough that you are concerned about scarring, you want to keep the skin supple with plain old vasoline everyday. In either case, after it's been cleaned, just dab on whatever you put, no scrubbing as that just irritates it more, it takes longer to heal, and increases potential scarring.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-17-2014, 06:46 PM
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We have 8 geldings in one pasture. We were only putting in one round bale at a time since we only had one feeder. When we got a second, we put in two bales at a time. The bite marks didn't decrease.

The bite marks could be from fighting for food but more likely for play.

Unless the wound is open, we just let them heal on their own.
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If the skin's broken then I would use some sort of antiseptic on them - grazes and puncture wounds are more prone to get infected than wounds that bleed
I hope it all calms down before the summer bugs arrive again or they're going to head straight for all those sore places on him
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