07-02-2010, 11:25 AM
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How long will this take to heal?
My poor horse got cut up on his back legs. I have no barb wire in the pasture, so I guess he was just playing around. There a quite a few cuts and scrapes, but no puncture wounds. His back left leg is swollen. There's no heat and he's not favoring it at all. I've been running cold water on it for 15-20 minutes twice a day, washing his wounds with a betadine solution (not straight betadine), applying antibiotic ointment to the wounds, then putting Swat on his legs to keep the flies away. I always wash it off when I doctor him next. That stuff is messy! I haven't been riding him, but he is always turned out in the pasture. Do yall think it would do him some good to be lunged or ridden a little bit? How long do yall think it'll take the swelling to go down? This happened Tuesday, it's Friday now. Maybe a few more days to a week? The cuts are starting to heal. They weren't very serious in the first place, there were just quite a few of them. Here's a couple pictures I took of his leg yesterday after I cleaned it and put the antibiotic ointment on it.