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.
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It doesn't look bad to me. My horses get similar ones too all the time - silly animals! If he's not lame and it's not swollen I'd at least start lunging him. Personally I just put horseman dream ointment on such scratches - takes 2-3 days to heal and I ride again.
My mother's horse caught his back leg in the fence about 10 days ago; it looked a LOT like this. He scraped the skin and hair off in parts, although there wasn't much bleeding (or anything broken/torn, thankfully!). He swelled up pretty quickly.
We washed it every morning and evening, and afterwards put that yellow ointment on it (don't know the name); it's all healed now, but the hair isn't back. The swelling went down in about four days.
I personally would go back to riding him like usual unless he shows signs of lameness. Since there really isn't much injury other than just being scraped up some, excersize might actually help the swelling go away. It doesn't look too bad and he should heal up without even a scar to show for it.
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I'm going to agree with Smrobs; I forgot to add that we were advised to lunge Phin (the horse who suffered a similar injury) every day until the swelling went down. We would've ridden him, if he were broke.
I think he's ok to ride. It's probably like a person exercising a few days after falling and getting some small cuts and scrapes. Unless he shows signs of discomfort or lameness, I think you can ride him.
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