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    09-13-2009, 07:27 AM
Cut on leg?

My horse has a small cut on her leg. When I first saw it was bleeding so I put some cream on it and left it at that. The next day it scabbed over (although it looked like dried blood.). I figured it was healing. That was about a week and a half ago. Yesterday, I went out to find that it was bleeding again. It looks as if it has gotten bigger and looks like dry skin is flaking off around it. I guess it is possible that she could have scratched herself in the same exact place to cause it to bleed but I'm wondering if I should be concerned or if this is pretty normal.

Sorry if this is confusing!

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    09-13-2009, 09:32 AM
Can you get a pic? Might be it's growing proud flesh, might be infected.
    09-14-2009, 12:16 PM
She could have knocked the scab off. Daughter's colt had a NASTY gash on his knee that has taken months to heal. He got out the other day and our neighbor caught him in our front yard and noticed that his knee was bleeding. She's not a horse person, and she was panicked. She put him in the lot (we were weaning from his mother, who was in the lot - but the neighbor didn't know that.) The colt's knee was bleeding (but not badly) because he had knocked the scab off. There was no new damage.

You do want to be sure that your horse's cut heals from the inside out and does not close up too soon. If it closes too soon, it could seal harmful bacteria inside and cause a serious infection. Back in my day, we used Granulex to help keep a horse's wound open and dissolve necrotic tissue in order to speed healing (aka granulation.) I don't know what is recommended now, but I was sure glad that Granulex is still on the shelf of our local feed store!
    09-14-2009, 09:07 PM
There was a good article in Equus magazine about wound care you may want to read, especially since our instinct is typically to over treat minor wounds.
The Science of Wound Ointments for Horses

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