what can I use to reduce swelling and clean/treat a gash on my mares face? She got her head caught between
the fence and the gate (we're not sure how exactly she managed it just that she did) and has a really nasty gash
down the cent of her face. We don't think anything's broken, she wasn't too sensitive to the touch when I finally
got her relaxed enough to examine her. My Barn Owner said she wouldn't call the vet if Chewy was her horse
because she's not a show horse. The reason I remember her giving was that since she's not a show horse the scar
wouldn't matter. One of her horses (a show mare) got a similar injury a while back but above the eye and she called
the vet about that one (and it turns out she'd broken a bone with that one) but as of now the vet was considered
unnecessary by her. Advice?
We didn't get a good photo of it today because I was more concerned with calming Chewy down and cleaning the
wound (she was real head shy today which bothered me because she has never
been head shy before) It looks
pretty deep to me - the bolt on the fence that she got caught on was about half an inch out so that's the deepest
I can guess the cut got but I think it's shallower than that. Anyway I have only one photo of the cut and it's from
the side (mostly) because Chewy kept turning her head away when we lifted the camera to her. It was also taken
after we put some stuff on it to keep the flies off.