Ok so my 4 yr old was just moved to a new stable and had spent about 3 days in quarentine and then he was moved to the pasture with about 7 other geldings. He has been in the field 4 days and has about 15 bite marks on his hip, sides, shouldars, and several on him bum! He has three pretty big ones that im concerned about that I have taken pictures of below. I tried to wash them with some warm water but they were so sore he wouldnt even let me touch NEAR them and the last two were swollen ( can't tell in the pics tho). What can I do to keep these clean and keep them from turning into scars. I have bought him a sheet to keep the bite marks down a bit and he is being moved into a new field with one other horse for now. I don't know what else I can do the barn owner tells me it will stop as he gets settled but my horse had ALWAYS been the bottom of the pack and has many past scars from being picked on. He has also started to become really jumpy when someone makes fast movements near him.
Found day 1 in his new field. This bite mark was bleeding and really raw and sore when I first discovered it (this pic was taken day 4) This is on his left side on the belly about 4 inches infront of the hip.
Found day 2. This bite was bleeding and sore when I first discovered it. Im not 100% sure who caused this as he had a previous bite on the hip that was almost healed. ( not sure if he was bit in the same spot a second time causing it to bleed)
Day 3 found this bite mark on his left side on the belly about 6 inches lower then day ones bite! This one was bleeding and hair was falling off of it when I brought him in. This picture was also taken on day 4. When I took this pic this was swollen and very sore!
Found day 4. This cut is his worst one so far ! This is from today, I brought him in and discovered yet another new bite. This one has teeth marks in it . The black looking stuff is blood that has become hard and in that you can see the teeth marks! This one was also swollen. It is right beside the days 3 bite if you couldnt tell
What do you think of this??? Is this normal??? Or am I over reacting by moving him???
Personally I don't think im over reacting but im not sure if this is something serious or if this is just him getting settled into the herd????