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        08-17-2010, 12:09 PM
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    We have a mare who is in with one of our geldings. The gelding can have a tendency to act studly but nothig like this has ever happened before. The gelding tried to mount the mare and he had shoes on so the mare has a big slice on her back. Right where the saddle goes. They are seperated and the mare has cut heal and antibiotic on her wound. Does she need stitches? Could she even get stitches there? Sorry I don't have pictures. I just want some advice on what we should do. Thanks.
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        08-17-2010, 12:41 PM
    When in doubt CALLL YOUR VET without seeing it we can't help you
        08-17-2010, 12:45 PM
    Agreed ^
        08-17-2010, 05:22 PM
    Well unfortunately we don't have a lot of extra money and we don't want to bring the vet out unless it's absolutly neccesary, if that's understandable.
    I got pictures... not the best quality but they work :/
    This is the same wound in all the pics
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        08-17-2010, 05:25 PM
    It'll be just that much more expensive to have the vet out when those gashes get infected.

    I'd say from those pictures, this is one of those times that it's absolutely necessary to call the vet.
        08-18-2010, 12:19 AM
    It doesn't look to bad to me. Just keep taking care of it and if it does get infected then you will have to call a vet.
        08-18-2010, 10:03 AM
    We called a horsey friend of ours and he said that it would be too late to stitch it, for it's already healing itself and when getting stitches it has to be right after the injury occured. We now are just putting antibiotic on it and watching it to makesure it doesn't get infected.
        08-18-2010, 10:10 AM
    Something like that might need a round of Penicillin to combat infection from the inside. It is too late for stitches, but not too late to call a vet and consult with him/her about Penicillin and see what else might be in order. Wounds need to be stitched fresh, which is why it's imperative to call a vet as soon as you can when the question of stitches is involved.
        08-18-2010, 10:57 AM
    It is the same as with a human doctor--there are many situations which are not entirely necessary that people waste money going to the doctor.
    The vet would most likely tell you to continue putting antibiotics on it. I would try to find some way to put the antibiotic on and wrap it up, though it is an awkward situation.

    Because it is already healing, it should be okay.
        08-18-2010, 10:58 AM
    but not too late to call a vet and consult with him/her about Penicillin and see what else might be in order.
    I'd suggest calling and consulting, but not asking the vet out.

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