Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
There are a lot of people out there who baby their horses when they get hurt, not that I'm saying anyone on here does it. =] I use a betadine surgical scrub to clean wounds, and I would never use straight iodine because it burns like hell. You can get controlled iodine though, that's watered down so it doesn't hurt so much. It may work just as fine straight, but it's going to be much harder to tend to your horse. When my horse hurts herself [which is often] she stays in the first day so I can check for any swelling, infection, etc. After that, she goes out, and I clean and re-dress is every morning and every night. You can cold-hose the wound too, even if it isn't warm to the touch or swelling. Sometimes cold water on a boo-boo just feels good. =] I don't think there's any reason to keep him inside if it stresses him out so much, you want him to be calm. Just keep it clean, and if you think it's getting worse at any point, call the vet right away. Other than that, most horses are pretty tough, and they can take care of themselves. They don't typically gallop around on bum legs. =]
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