By the time the vet got there, it would be too late to stitch in my opinion. The amount of germs that have already gotten in is probably too much. I'd still have a vet out to look at it and maybe prescribe antibiotics just to be on the safe side, also with a wound that big, the vet probably can't stitch it together anyways...There's not enough skin to pull together.
I'd also keep it wrapped the majority of the time, and take the bandage off for an hour at a time, twice a day to let it air out. Wrap it while the horse is stalled because chances are he'll lay in yucky stuff that shouldn't be anywhere near an open wound like that.
Is there any swelling? Cold hosing will help with that. Also if any debris gets into it, hose it out. Apply some type of antibiotic ointment to it (a thick jelly type that'll really cling to it) and wrap it first with sterile gauze and then vet wrap to keep it in place. Clean and reapply morning and night.
Also, talk with your vet about maybe a pain reliever for the next few days. Looks like it hurts.
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Last edited by CLaPorte432; 04-09-2012 at 12:40 AM.