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post #1 of 11 Old 07-08-2013, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Dolly keeps getting hurt!!

So just recently my horse Dolly got a bit of a cut on her hock. The cut itself wasn't deep (or bad for that matter) but her hock was quite swollen. I treated it every day by hosing it down for 15 mins with cold water, and cleaned out the cut. The swelling went down just fine in a couple days.

NOW, I have found a MASSIVE cut on her neck, probably from barbed wire!! It's very deep, but by the time I got to it it looked like it was already healing up nicely. Regardless I cleaned it out and treated it with antibiotics. I just don't know how she keeps doing this to herself! She's not a very clumsy horse. She's never had really bad cuts before, just small little scrapes here and there, but this one is big! Thankfully it doesn't seem to be hurting her at all! Here are some pictures:

This is when I first found it and before it had been cleaned. Picture doesn't do it justice to how gross it looked..



This is after I carefully hosed it out and put some antibiotics and SWAT on it.
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-08-2013, 07:20 PM
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"probably from barbed wire!! "
That would be my guess too.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-08-2013, 08:18 PM
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Time to walk the paddock especially if you are talking about barbed wire...is that stuff even used as a regular fenceline anymore for horses in your area?
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That doesn't look like a barb wire cut to me. It looks too smooth, maybe sheet metal or something like that. I imagine there is a fence line somewhere that has something very edible on the other side, and she has sliced herself trying to get to it.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-09-2013, 12:26 AM
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That's a clean slice from something knife like, not barb wire. I would've had it stitched myself, but it's too late now. Keep the bugs off of it while it heals.
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That's a clean slice from something knife like, not barb wire. I would've had it stitched myself, but it's too late now. Keep the bugs off of it while it heals.
I wasn't able to go out and see her for a couple days cause of my awkward work schedule so by the time I got to it it wasn't worth stitching, it was definitely starting to heal already. And I can't think of anything other than barbed wire that could've done it in her field, so I'm questioning the fencing at my barn.. She's always been in the same field for years, and she's NEVER done something like this before..
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Check everything where she is kept, for something sharp, her stall, the ground, the fence, the trees, you might find the culprit. Glad she is healing up though, doesn't the barn help give daily visual checks?
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Yeah doesn't look like barbed wire to me, it's too smooth. I'm glad she's healing up good though!
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Check everything where she is kept, for something sharp, her stall, the ground, the fence, the trees, you might find the culprit. Glad she is healing up though, doesn't the barn help give daily visual checks?
Its quite a big barn, they'll let you know if something seems wrong, but she was acting totally fine and they probably didn't notice it because it doesn't seem to be bothering her whatsoever. She doesn't even flinch when I clean it and treat it! It's mostly up to the boarders though to make sure all is well with the horses. I go out to ride or just hang out with her almost every day if I can, unless I don't have time one day because of work.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking wonder dust would probably be the best treatment for it. Thoughts?
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