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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2012, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Bite wounds, help please!



This is Charlie, I know the picture is not that great. I board him at a friend's farm and he is the lowest man on the totem poll. I went out today and he had three marks, shown in the picture. One on the lower left is big and deeper than the rest. My best guess are that these are bite wounds, but I don't understand why he didn't walk/run or something! I will admit he does let everyone push him around, but why to this extent? There is more than enough room for him to get away. I literally wanted to cry when I saw him like this. Again, I'm thinking they're bite wounds, but could it possibly be something else. I looked around the barn and pasture, and I doubt anything else could do this but another horse. Is is normal for a bite to be this bad, I have never seen it like this before?

Anyways why I posted here HOW should I treat these? It's winter here and is just cold! Anything I would put on it would freeze and we don't have stalls. I just don't want the wounds to get infected. They are a few days old and I did wash them with an iodine solution and dry them. They have started to scab over now.

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Yes, they could be bite wounds but from the picture it is hard to tell.
Also, just because he has these does not mean you did not try and get away.

To treat them I would use Vetericyn One-step wound and infection treatment that works naturally with your animal?s immune system, it is great for next to anything! I swear by this stuff!
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Yes, they could be bite wounds but from the picture it is hard to tell.
Also, just because he has these does not mean you did not try and get away.

To treat them I would use Vetericyn One-step wound and infection treatment that works naturally with your animal?s immune system, it is great for next to anything! I swear by this stuff!
Thank you, unfortunately Charlie will do nothing to stand up for himself I wish he would! Breaks my heart, but I know they're tough animals. I will have to pick some of that up tomorrow.

I will try to get some better pictures tomorrow too!

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Thank you, unfortunately Charlie will do nothing to stand up for himself I wish he would! Breaks my heart, but I know they're tough animals. I will have to pick some of that up tomorrow.
Some horses are just like that, it would not be a bad idea to pasture him with less dominate horses in the near future if you have that option.
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Those don't look like horse bite marks which are usually located higher up, neck, back, rump etc. I'd wonder about a dog or dogs or him running into something sharp, broken branches. The symmetry of the two top marks is interesting. This is one of those mysteries that will drive you nuts trying to resolve.
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They don't look like bite wounds to me either, and taking a total guess - they could possibly be at fence post height. If your horse is at the fence line, do they match up at that height?
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They really don't look like horse bite wounds.. I would look for something in the pasture he could have hit or maybe dogs. I also have one aggressive gelding who has run a very submissive gelding thru the fence. I totally understand. We have since put the submissive gelding by himself in a pasture next to everyone else. Over the fence the aggressive one is friendly.

My suggestion is to wash, wash, wash the wound. Keeping it very clean and run water over it for several minutes at a time will do wonders. Put the vetericyn on it between running water over it.

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