Today my horse got a wound on his back leg just below the hock. It was just gushing blood. I mean everywhere. We bandaged it up real tight to stop the bleeding, then called the vet. He told us to leave the bandage on for an hour then bandage it again, less tightly with more padding. We did all that. Tomorrow I am going to call him again and ask if Hershey will need a tetanus shot.
Anyway, I am extremely worried about the recovery process. You see my horse is usually in the pasture 24/7. Because of this he gets very antsy when left in the stall. He will walk in circles all day long. He also tends to colic when he is in his stall. Years ago when he was kept in the stall more often he would colic three or four times a year. Also, I have never had to treat such an injury before. I plan on changing the bandages daily and cleaning it out with Fura Zone. And also I will keep him inside. What else can I do to prevent infection?
One last thing. Because he is usually outside with a round bale or just the grass depending on the season, I do not keep square bales of hay. On the occasions when he needs to be inside I usually just feed him alfalfa cubes. Will the alfalfa cubes be sufficient forage for him or will I need to purchase hay?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.