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  • My horse has a minor cut on his leg should i treat it
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    08-14-2009, 04:20 PM
a few basic questions

Hey everyone! I really should know the answer to these questions but I don't... so I thought I woulod ask you! =] anyways - im getting a simple vet kit together and it will do no good if I don't know how to use the contents. Okay so...lets say my horse gets a very minor cut, all I would have to do is rinse it off, maybe put some iodine on it, and then apply ointment to it like fura zone. Correct? If my horse gets a pretty bad cut on his leg I would first rinse it off, put iodine on it, ointment straight on the wound if horse allows, or if not on gauze. Put gauze on and then wrap leg with vet wrap. Correct? Anything im not sure of I will ask. Please know that I will of course tell owner of barn, get help, vet, all of that if needed, or in my case tell owner no matter what unless its just a minor cut. Im going to have to get someone to show me how to wrap a horses leg (never have had to) I heard that it can be terrible if done wrong. I have had my horse for 3 yrs now and thankfully have only had to treat a couple nicks or cuts unless he was lame *KNOCK ON WOOD* I feel like I should already know this but hey, better late than never! I was also wondering if anyone knows of a very simple little hand book to keep in a vet kit that has treatments for rather minor injuries, not one that is long and takes hours to find what you're looking for and uses words I can't even understand! Im 14 yrs old for petes sake lol! Thanks in advance! =]
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    08-14-2009, 04:37 PM
Only treat what you are comfortable treating on your own. Otherwise, call a vet.
One good book is How to Be Your Own Veterinarian (Sometimes) or there are various basic wound treatment books out there.
    08-14-2009, 05:01 PM
Okay thanks! Ill look into that book and I will definitely only treat what im comfy with, im too paranoid to treat everything! Lol! Like I said I tell the owner practically everything that isnt minor, and then from there well decide if the vet needs to be included. Thanks again =]
    08-16-2009, 01:50 PM
Rather than nitrofurazone, stick with a simple triple antibiotic ointment. We now know that nitrofurazone actually promotes proud flesh and slows healing.
    08-16-2009, 05:43 PM
Originally Posted by Ryle    
rather than nitrofurazone, stick with a simple triple antibiotic ointment. We now know that nitrofurazone actually promotes proud flesh and slows healing.
We use a generic, neosporin type ointment, too.

There is a good article in Equus magazine about wound care and how not to 'over treat' wounds (our vet calls it 'benign neglect') The Science of Wound Ointments for Horses
    08-16-2009, 06:13 PM
Thats a great article! ^ =] I didnt read all of it, but I got the jist of it. I have never really thought of it that way so thanks for posting that!

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