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    11-12-2013, 01:10 AM
Hock Injury

My 2.5 year old AQHA gelding sliced his left hock.

I had the vet come, he put my horse out, washed with antiseptic and sprayed some silver stuff on it?

The vet said he doesn't THINK he cut down to tendons or any ligaments.

I've been giving my horse bute for pain everyday, it's been almost 2 weeks.

It's not healing very well (to my knowledge). However, when he walks he doesn't limp like he did in the beginning when it was fresh.

I'm out of the prescription of bute now, and my vet says I should be getting my horse to start trotting out injury as it's rolling into week 2.
It's very cold and snowy where I live, I have him in my round pen and away from other horses so he doesn't open it or infection won't grow.
My question is... Has anyone had a slice/gash injury to the hock and had a limpin horse? How did you treat it? Should I peroxide it, wash with warm water then apply polysporin? Wrap it? Leave it breathe? It's not bleeding anymore I'm just concerned on how to take good care of it,also should I be getting him trotting when he's still limping? Would this injury be riding threatening? What's your experiences, I'm freaking out I may never get to ride this horse :(
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    11-12-2013, 09:53 PM
Do what your vet says and don't use peroxide, use some other antiseptic wash.
    11-12-2013, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
Agree, talk to the vet. The silver stuff is to close the wound, he might want to redo that since scrubbing at it can delay healing. Careful with long term bute, it can cause ulcers. I would probably stop giving it to him at this point unless the vet advises otherwise. Can you get us pictures? Some big wounds can look worse while they are healing.
    11-17-2013, 03:19 AM

    11-17-2013, 03:38 AM
Green Broke
Umm.. is that blood all the way up his leg, and on his other leg?? What is that??

Hard to tell from the pics but it looks like maybe it scabbed up and is half off (not sure of the raised area)?

I wouldn't pick or scrub at it with anything, it looks like it's healing. You could maybe put ointment on, but prob just leave it alone. Again hard to see from the pic, but never a bad idea to have the vet out for a follow up and clean it up a bit.

If he was my horse I wouldn't be trotting him, but best to check w/ vet.
I would not wrap it, not with the way it is or with the silver spray (so you don't have to or when you can't wrap) and either way not in that location.
His leg looks a little stocked up, but not too bad. Is there any heat or anything?

So my advice over the internet is to have the vet recheck it and to scrub all the other stuff off both his legs (if he will let you quietly).
    11-17-2013, 03:42 AM
Green Broke
From the pictures** it doesn't look too bad and I wouldn't be worried about it long term, but again hard to see.
    11-17-2013, 04:49 AM
Follow your vet's advice. If you are worried about it, get the vet back out to look at it. In general, if it is healing (even slowly) and not infected, you do not want to scrub it..that will just irritate the wound and it will take longer to heal. The old saying is "benign neglect", treat the wound and then leave it alone and let nature heal it.
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    11-17-2013, 05:04 AM
Wounds in that location take forever to heal, two weeks is nothing and it looks like it's healing okay. But, as Yogiwick and PHM say, if you're worried, get the vet to check it.

A friend of mine's horse had a hock injury in that exact location that went almost down to the bone and severed the extensor tendon, and it took 6 months to heal. Now 9 months down the track the horse is in the process of being broken to saddle and is completely sound.

From where I'm sitting [and do bear in mind this is based on a photo on the Internet and is no substitute for veterinary advice!] that looks like an injury that will heal very nicely given time and of course the continuation of correct wound care.
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