Originally Posted by barefoothooves
and put some disinfectant on it until it's healed over or no longer oozing junk.Even if dirt sticks to the med, the med will be on the inside, doing some good. Turnout is great!
It's not oozing at all now. It does seem to be staying relatively clean and I wash it just with water now. Flies aren't bothering it.
Just needs some time and it will be fine. That horizontal split, I would watch as it grows out. When it's almost ground level is when it's most apt to want to break off in a big chunk
This cut is not on the hoof wall. It is tissue only, so no break-y off-y here.
Originally Posted by Ryle
Wounds this low on the leg/foot are at high risk for contamination <snip>A wound like this should be banadaged to prevent constant contamination
I agree that contamination risk is much higher here than elsewhere, but I was hoping that the blu-kote would protect from contamination enough. As I said, I did bandage it initially, but it is also difficult to keep a bandage on it.
Plus, movement should be restricted because it will slow healing and promote the formation of proud flesh
Sorry, Ryle, but there is NO WAY I will lock up my horse for the weeks it will take for this to heal. Been there, done that. It causes more problems (stocking up, boredom, lack of general movement and free-grazing affects digestion, hoof care, breathing, etc. etc.) She's been on free turn-out the whole time and I haven't seen it cause any problems with the cut. Maybe it does slow the healing, but I'd rather that, then cause other problems.
Now ?'s to both of you
I agree with both of you on the moisture vs. drying out. So, in this case how do I find a balance? Maybe applying a disinfectant ointment, then a "sealant" like the blu-kote over it? I'm hesitant to do the bandage thing again because it's been raining a lot here and the bandage just soaks up the ground moisture/rain/mud. If it stays dry, I could bandage it I guess.
I've never used furacin or Corona at all. What can you guys tell me about it? I'll try to balance out each of your opinions and find some more info myself on it too.
Oh, and BTW, I'm not riding her yet anyway. She's not yet trained. I'm just doing ground work with her at this point.