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    06-17-2010, 02:52 PM
My horse has a nasty cut on her heel...?

Carly has a cut ( picture attached ) that is right on her heel, so whenever she walks it's bending there and making it difficult to heal. I applied gel on her cut and wrapped it for a few days. Then I removed the wrap to check on it and air it out. As you can see, it got dirty while being unwrapped. How should I clean it? With hydrogen peroxide? Also, should I spray herbal spray on it and lock her in her stall for a week or so, or shall I just wrap it and let her walk about in the pasture? This is Carly's first "major" injury, and, of course, it happens when I'm about to take her to horse camp ( little less than a month away ).
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    06-17-2010, 02:56 PM
It looks like 3 cuts to me.

If this were my horse, I would shave down the area so that no long hair touches the wound. Irritation from hair will impede healing.

I would clean it with a mild soap and water solution, like Dawn dishsoap. Rinse it really good.

Then I'd mix sugar and iodine together to form a paste, and smear it on really good.

The more times a day you can wash and paste it the faster it will heal. If she is out on grassy pasture you could probably let it stay open. If she is in a dirt arena or drylot I would bandage it. I'd use a moist bandage though with the sugar/iodine solution.
    06-17-2010, 03:58 PM
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That looks like rope burn... Ouchie! I'd clean it, clip it if you want as draftrider said and then I'd leave it open to scab and heal. I'd put something on it, at least swat to keep the flies away and give it time. I've never tried the sugar and iodine paste... Do you use that often draftrider? Works good?
    06-17-2010, 04:35 PM
Farmpony, I've heard more than one person rave about sugardine.

I haven't had a horse get injured enough to try it (thank God), but I keep it in the back of my mind just in case.

Brianna, you might also want to cut the hair away from the wound, so it doesn't get stuck in it.
    06-17-2010, 04:36 PM
The sugar/iodine works amazing!!

Another one that works really good on weeping wounds is mixing sugar and milk of magnesia to a paste. This trick was given to me by a lady that volunteers with our rescue for dogs, she is a wound care specialist nurse.
    06-17-2010, 04:38 PM
Another to try to keep it moist is Desitin or (I can't spell it right) Dr. Boodrows baby butt paste
    06-17-2010, 04:43 PM
Does she over reach my horse gets cuts herself like that.

First as said cut the hair away from it. Then soak it to rub off the dirt.

I woul then clean it thouroughly with a saline solution beofr putting a thick coat of honey.

Also leave her out as there is less chance for dirt to get in it.
    06-17-2010, 04:50 PM
I agree with Draftrider. I have had the best luck mixing iodine and sugar. And Shaving the hair away would help to. Here is a link of the current wound im working on... and all we have used is Iodine and sugar. There are before and 4 weeks later pics.
    06-17-2010, 05:07 PM
That looks like a scratch and I wouldn't do anything to it. It deffinately is NOT a major injury.
    06-17-2010, 05:17 PM
Originally Posted by draftrider    
Another to try to keep it moist is Desitin or (I can't spell it right) Dr. Boodrows baby butt paste
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