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    04-13-2013, 11:17 PM
  #11
Green Broke
We put dab of Vaseline on and no wrap.

Might try pelleted shavings?
     
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    04-13-2013, 11:27 PM
  #12
Trained
The only times I've seen hock sores is when horses are bedded on that awful pelleted crap. And mites. And fungus. It is NOT horse friendly bedding.

Have you tried bedding on straw?? It's a PITA to clean but straw really is the best best best bedding for horses. Shavings are a close second. I wouldn't bed on sawdust or that pelleted crap, especially not with a sores issue.

My horse rubs a hole into his RF knee every year from kneeling on it and reaching through the fence for grass. It's already started this year even though the wilted crap on the outside of the fence is the same as the stuff in his field *roll eyes*... I bought a "boot" for it. It's a professionals choice boot (not a fan of the neoprene, but I use it sparingly) and I get the barn to put it on in the AM, and when I get there it's usually around his fetlock anyways, but at least the knee is not raw and open and yucky. By about July it's scabbed and calloused and I don't have to put the boot on anymore. And then all winter the callous flakes off..
But, moral of the story - if its raw and open and yucky - a boot will help and still let it callous. If it's just kind of hairless and not painful then leaving it is probably fine. I just wouldn't apply anything to soften the skin like vaseline or zinc oxide or something as that will probably cause it to break open.

Good luck!
     
    04-13-2013, 11:49 PM
  #13
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
The only times I've seen hock sores is when horses are bedded on that awful pelleted crap. And mites. And fungus. It is NOT horse friendly bedding.

Have you tried bedding on straw?? It's a PITA to clean but straw really is the best best best bedding for horses. Shavings are a close second. I wouldn't bed on sawdust or that pelleted crap, especially not with a sores issue.

My horse rubs a hole into his RF knee every year from kneeling on it and reaching through the fence for grass. It's already started this year even though the wilted crap on the outside of the fence is the same as the stuff in his field *roll eyes*... I bought a "boot" for it. It's a professionals choice boot (not a fan of the neoprene, but I use it sparingly) and I get the barn to put it on in the AM, and when I get there it's usually around his fetlock anyways, but at least the knee is not raw and open and yucky. By about July it's scabbed and calloused and I don't have to put the boot on anymore. And then all winter the callous flakes off..
But, moral of the story - if its raw and open and yucky - a boot will help and still let it callous. If it's just kind of hairless and not painful then leaving it is probably fine. I just wouldn't apply anything to soften the skin like vaseline or zinc oxide or something as that will probably cause it to break open.

Good luck!
Well I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with these kinds of issues! He's been on big fluffy shavings, medium sized shavings and finer shavings......I just think he's a big old lummox who likes to 'collapse' with little or no grace!!!! Straw just isn't an option I'm afraid, yes it is a PITA, we used it in NZ at the track, it's ok once you know how to handle it properly......

The only reason I worried about it today is one hock sore looked red and weepy today, I wiped it clean and put an antiseptic on it. I'm really hoping it will harden over and callous, I'd rather have the protection of the callous than perfect hocks getting new rubs all the time! I'm thinking it will keep it clean without taking the scab off and just apply an antiseptic until it hardens....good idea?
     
    04-13-2013, 11:57 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Well I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with these kinds of issues! He's been on big fluffy shavings, medium sized shavings and finer shavings......I just think he's a big old lummox who likes to 'collapse' with little or no grace!!!! Straw just isn't an option I'm afraid, yes it is a PITA, we used it in NZ at the track, it's ok once you know how to handle it properly......

The only reason I worried about it today is one hock sore looked red and weepy today, I wiped it clean and put an antiseptic on it. I'm really hoping it will harden over and callous, I'd rather have the protection of the callous than perfect hocks getting new rubs all the time! I'm thinking it will keep it clean without taking the scab off and just apply an antiseptic until it hardens....good idea?
Keep a real, real close eye on it though. It's so close to the joint capsule... if that joint gets infected if you don't catch it within a day the horse is toast. At a place I boarded a mare got a nick on her hock, maybe about the size of the tip of a Sharpie, and then got sick, was misdiagnosed and within three days died of sepsis from that hock joint getting infected.
If it's weepy, it's sore. I'd cover it until it got scabby or healed ish, and then uncover it and see if it will harden up. I would put some Poly on it for a few days, until it's not open and weeping, and then leave it to harden. Greenhawk should have hock boots.

Good luck!
     
    04-14-2013, 12:05 AM
  #15
Weanling
So just to clarify (with my first-time-owner naivete)... scabby and hard is good? I was cleaning my horse's little "sores" and applying cutheal consistently for fear of infection as you mentioned, anabel, but realized that if it dried up and scabbed over the only harm done was that it looks yucky, so I've left it that way.
     
    04-14-2013, 12:05 AM
  #16
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Keep a real, real close eye on it though. It's so close to the joint capsule... if that joint gets infected if you don't catch it within a day the horse is toast. At a place I boarded a mare got a nick on her hock, maybe about the size of the tip of a Sharpie, and then got sick, was misdiagnosed and within three days died of sepsis from that hock joint getting infected.
If it's weepy, it's sore. I'd cover it until it got scabby or healed ish, and then uncover it and see if it will harden up. I would put some Poly on it for a few days, until it's not open and weeping, and then leave it to harden. Greenhawk should have hock boots.

Good luck!
Ok, I'm pulling out the poly! The sores are on the sides of the hocks, kind of to the side and just below the capsules, I will keep a very close eye on them! Yes it is a little sore, and with the blowing snow today by the time I got to the barn at around 10am the backs of his legs were already wet so I couldn't 'stick' anything on them, just some antiseptic.
     
    04-14-2013, 12:11 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Ok, I'm pulling out the poly! The sores are on the sides of the hocks, kind of to the side and just below the capsules, I will keep a very close eye on them! Yes it is a little sore, and with the blowing snow today by the time I got to the barn at around 10am the backs of his legs were already wet so I couldn't 'stick' anything on them, just some antiseptic.
On that note - HAHA :P
I rode both horses outside today, it was lovely.

I hope your guy gets to feeling better and you find out what he's doing to himself :( Open sores are not fun to deal with.
     
    04-14-2013, 12:18 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
On that note - HAHA :P
I rode both horses outside today, it was lovely.

I hope your guy gets to feeling better and you find out what he's doing to himself :( Open sores are not fun to deal with.
I gave my guy the weekend off.......seems he's been lounging around and rubbing his hocks up I went down and put his heavy rug on - grrrr AB weather!
     
    04-15-2013, 12:03 AM
  #19
Showing
It works great, as long as you have the gauze there :) Clean them out, put ointment out, and duct tape.

But try to manage WHY the horse is getting those sores in the first place. Could be a loose nail, broken wood, bad bedding, hoofs too long, etc.
     
    04-15-2013, 12:07 AM
  #20
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
It works great, as long as you have the gauze there :) Clean them out, put ointment out, and duct tape.

But try to manage WHY the horse is getting those sores in the first place. Could be a loose nail, broken wood, bad bedding, hoofs too long, etc.
Yes, the whole 'why' around it is a mystery, seem to change most of everything around him and the only constant factor is HIM!!! Bedding good, stall is nice and safe, feet are trimmed regularly, turn out is good......

Went down today and checked out his hock (one is worse than the other) and it looked much much better and wasn't sensitive to touch, put some poly on it and I hope he can at least harden up there and get a callous!
     

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