Gash on side of fetlock - wrap or open air? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 07-09-2014, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4,084
• Horses: 0
Gash on side of fetlock - wrap or open air?

Hello everyone,

I'm just curious on what your opinions are for treatment of this. I have a 2.5 month old filly, who somehow managed to get a sizable gash on the side of her fetlock. I don't think it's terribly serious and since I haven't been able to go out and see it yet, my dad has been hosing it down daily and keeping the area clean.

He says she isn't limping at all and it doesn't seem to cause much pain when he goes to clean it, but it doesn't look like much progress is happening towards healing. It has been extremely hot and dry this week, so I'm wondering if bandaging it with some first aid antiseptic salve would be better than leaving it in open air? I've posted some pictures below - these were taken before it was cleaned and the area has since been cleared of all dirt and mud. It isn't a terribly serious wound, but I worry a bit with her being this young since she isn't yet vaccinated. Appreciate your input!


FrostedLilly is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 17 Old 07-09-2014, 03:17 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 2,303
• Horses: 2
The only reason I would wrap it is to keep it clean, but it may be difficult to keep a bandage on her. and wrapping a joint is tricky. Also you'd have to change it at least every other day. if it's already been open a few days though, so not sure if bandaging now will make much difference.

What I would do: Clean it really well with some saline solution. Put some triple antiobotic on it, then use the silver-spray liquid bandage stuff. I wouldn't use anything harsh like peroxide on it, since you don't want to kill growing tissue.
smrobs and featherfox like this.

Drifting is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 07-09-2014, 03:24 PM
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 17
• Horses: 0
In my opinion, I would cover that wound. You are going to want to use some sort of antibiotic ointment. Scabbing keeps out infection but impedes growth of new skin over the wound. A layer of ointment on there with a bandage will keep a protective barrier over the wound and will prevent excessive scabbing. The ointment is going to be the key in getting this to heal fast.

Good luck!
featherfox is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 07-09-2014, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4,084
• Horses: 0
Thanks for the input guys! I was leaning towards wrapping with an ointment, however, she's a pretty active foal, so I can see keeping it on to be a tad challenging. I've sent an email to my vet, with pictures, to see if they have spray bandage because I think that might be more effective, however, if need be, we'll use the bandages and vet wrap we have on hand.
FrostedLilly is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 07-09-2014, 06:22 PM
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 117
• Horses: 0
my advice. my gelding had a pretty deep puncture/gash right on the top of his throat and talking to my vet he said NOT to wrap it because it could let infections sit in there. we put some penicillin in it after cleaning it with peroxide. now all we do is clean it with peroxide and its looking amazing and almost completely healed up.
southernsorrel is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 07-09-2014, 06:29 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vidor, Texas
Posts: 2,805
• Horses: 3
Underwood's Horse Medicine the best. You apply it twice a day and no cleaning in between. Work's wonders and I'm speaking from experience!
gigem88 is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 07-10-2014, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4,084
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by gigem88 View Post
Underwood's Horse Medicine the best. You apply it twice a day and no cleaning in between. Work's wonders and I'm speaking from experience!
Hmmm, I looked that up, but I'm not sure we have that in Canada. I talked to my vet and she gave me some Telfa pads to put on it with an anti-bacterial ointment. Elsa was an angel while I cleaned and wrapped it and it doesn't appear to be causing her any kind of pain which is encouraging, so I think if it stays covered for a few days, she'll be just fine.

I appreciate everyone's input, and so does Elsa!

IMG_0002 (1).jpg
Drifting and horseTraining like this.
FrostedLilly is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 07-10-2014, 02:09 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2,249
• Horses: 0
Has she had a tetanus? With any injury at tetanus vaccine is required. Tetanus is a pretty slow and painful death and preventable with vaccination.
stevenson likes this.
rookie is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 07-10-2014, 02:16 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: california
Posts: 5,568
• Horses: 0
ask your Vet about a tetanus shot. she may be to young or it may be to late for it.
stevenson is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 07-10-2014, 02:41 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 24,973
• Horses: 3
If the flies there are as bad as they are here then cover it and change the dressing regularly - flies will lay eggs in an open wound like that if they get chance and they will hatch out into dozens of maggots
Vetwrap over some sterile gauze (no cotton wool) should stay on. As long as the cut is well washed and treated with a good antibacterial it shouldn't need washing again
Yes you need to know your tetanus is up to date
If there are any signs that it has become infected then call your vet as the horse might need a course of antibiotics
If you don't want to bandage then I'd recommend something called SWAT pink fly ointment. I used it myself in the summer months on cuts that couldn't be dressed and it does a good job
Swat Fly Repellent Ointment Farnam (Fly Control - Fly Lotions Spot Application)
jaydee is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
avalanche open front leather and fleece lined fetlock boots Ashleysmardigrasgirl Horse Tack and Equipment 0 02-14-2013 09:56 PM
Gash on leg, do you wrap? poppy1356 Horse Health 14 12-20-2012 05:57 AM
Clipping fetlock on left side only jazzedforhim Horse Training 0 07-10-2012 12:51 AM
Air Safe Air Ride Gooseneck Hitch groran Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 07-27-2008 08:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome