My new horse gets cuts on both of his hind legs when he rolls, from kicking himself I assume. He had them when I met him and still has them today. None of the horses I've met have done this so I'm not sure how to really get rid of them. My trainer said if I just keep putting medicine on daily eventually they'll heal up but they haven't really since pretty much every day they get cut back open. I mean one is possibly looking a little better but the other side is still just as bad. It seems like I should be seeing clear improvement by now.
Am I just being impatient? Is there something more I could be doing to help the process? Maybe I'm missing something obvious.
Would it help if I tried wrapping it while he rolls until it's healed up, or would it just get cut back open again once I stopped?
I've always gotten by ignoring most cuts and just putting a little bit of medicine on bigger ones and never really had to deal with cuts that kept getting re-cut =P
Here's a picture of the area, just to be thorough. ( I know he's underweight, he's getting better =) )
My new horse does the same thing!!! It's so frustrating because my other horse doesn't have anything like this. They are in the same pasture...we have tilled areas for them for their "dirt baths" and wood chips in their paddock shelters. He must search out the hardest area possible to roll in. Anyway...I've been unsuccesfully trying to get rid of it. The best thing I've found so far is to smear Corona all over the area. Not so much to heal it but keeps it covered and slick when rolling. But now that its hot the Corona doesn't hold its shape and gets runny and doesn't protect. Hock wraps were a complete no-go with my guy...he thought he couldn't walk.
I think goos of some sort are the answer...just need a goo that can hold up to Texas heat.
I don't think you can stop him. However I found that blue cream "Horseman Dream" ointment does absolute wonder. I tried different ones (including corona and some other), and that one helps to heal extremely fast among all different ones.
An old horse friend once said that horses can get hurt in a padded room
Our farm vet always told us to clean it out once with betadine, but a little neosporin on it, and then just let it heal. As long as it doesn't start to get infected, keep it simple. The more you mess with it, the longer it usually takes to heal, so use 'benign neglect' as our vet would say.
Thank you all very much. This is getting complicated! =P
Wouldn't wrapping it do the same thing as actual boots would? I really, really need to avoid spending money if I can, you know how the economy is. But if it's a lot better I can try to save up the money!
I'll keep the suggestions of medicines and such in mind, but I'm not sure how much it would help even to use the best medicine in the world since it gets re-cut daily. Would it really make a difference? Will it heal significantly in one day?
What I really need to know is whether there is a realistic way to make it so that he can be turned out with nothing on and not cut himself or is he going to have this problem forever?
I feel like a bad mom letting him scrape himself up every day! I'm used to some pretty bad cuts and scrapes because my pony used to live with other horses and was at the bottom of the chain. He'd have ten new ones on that butt every day, I swear. But these are some pretty nasty looking cuts. My barn owner freaked out a little bit when she saw them =(