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        08-08-2013, 02:47 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    The barn I am at will use spray on farnum scarlet oil for cuts and abrasions. It's a good antiseptic. They use the scarlet oil for a few days and while the wound is wet and when it begins to scab over change to fura-zone to promote hair growth.

    I find I get quicker results and hair growth with fura-zone on nicks, bites, hair loss areas than just leaving it to heal on its own.

    We recently had a horse remove the entire hide from his two back legs while entangled in a fence. The scabs have healed and the flesh is appearing normal.

    Take care for sunburn on the wound. If the hair is gone that area can be susceptible to sunburn.
         
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        08-08-2013, 03:05 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Those look very minor. You can keep them clean daily with some plain Ivory dish soap and water. Take a wet paper towel, and put a little of the Ivory on it. Then wash gently, and rinse with plain water. This is how we clean ALL wounds at work, regardless of how bad. Even if the the flesh is stripped from the bone, literally. Then treat with whatever topical you would normally use.
         
        08-08-2013, 03:52 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Like PHM said, many people over-treat small wounds and thus end up with major issues such as proud flesh and long healing times.

    Whenever I've got a horse come up with a wound that doesn't appear to involve the underlying soft tissues like tendons or muscles (something that would require a vet's care), I'll generally rinse it out once just to make sure that there's no debris in the wound itself. Then, I'll just slather some sort of ointment on it 1-2 times per day (either TAO or Bickmore, depending on the type of wound). I do not rinse it again because too much rinsing will cause proud flesh...as will too much scrubbing.

    It is okay to let the wound dry out a little bit as being dry will prevent proud flesh from growing.

    Just keep a close eye on her and if the swelling doesn't go away or starts getting worse, if she develops lameness at any level, or if there starts to be a smelly discharge from the wound, then you need to get a vet involved to administer proper antibiotics to combat infection.
         
        08-09-2013, 12:41 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I am on my phone right now so I won't post much. I just wanted to say thank you for all the help so far.

    I will get on the computer tomorrow and I can actually post something then.
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