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post #11 of 18 Old 06-17-2010, 06:10 PM
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I agree that it doesn't look bad at all. :)

Personally I am a fan of applying raw honey to superficial wounds. It helped me personally quite a bit when I had quite literally no skin on about 80% of my hand one summer. Nothing can grow in it.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-17-2010, 07:18 PM
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It doesn't look that bad, but I would still take care to make sure it doesn't get infected. My mare got a similar-looking cut (hers was a rope burn) when she was a baby. It got infected and she ended up with a nasty scar:

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post #13 of 18 Old 06-17-2010, 07:36 PM
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I agree with both Kevin and Mystique. That really doesn't look that serious. I would just make sure that it stays clean. It should heal up ranging from a few days to a few weeks. I wouldn't bandage it unless she is going to be in a place where there WILL be bacteria getting all over it (muddy pen or stall).
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-17-2010, 09:30 PM
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I agree with both Kevin and Mystique. That really doesn't look that serious. I would just make sure that it stays clean. It should heal up ranging from a few days to a few weeks. I wouldn't bandage it unless she is going to be in a place where there WILL be bacteria getting all over it (muddy pen or stall).
This. I know we like to baby our horses, but there's no reason to wrap up every boo-boo because we think it helps. In most cases, it doesn't, haha. I wouldn't use hydrogen peroxide. I would stick with Dawn or Betadine, and clean at least once a day, preferably twice.

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post #15 of 18 Old 06-18-2010, 10:39 AM
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Thats it!!! That stuff is magic.

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-18-2010, 01:22 PM
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Do not use hydrogen peroxide.
The more movement in that area, the slower the wound is going to heal so bandaging to help limit movement is a good idea and also because the wound is way down on the leg and more likely to get contaminated--feces, dirt, etc.

Clean the wound with betadine or chlorhexidine, rinse and dry well. Then apply sugardine, honey or a plain triple antibiotic ointment and wrap the area.

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post #17 of 18 Old 06-18-2010, 02:08 PM
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Honestly I would leave it alone. Maybe put sugardine or honey on it but that's it. I have seen MUCH worse injuries left alone that healed nicely and quickly.

^This happened over Christmas I washed it once with Dawn and Water, ran some betadine over it, then put some salve on it and left it alone. Within two weeks it was nearly gone.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-18-2010, 02:20 PM
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I would keep her in a stall for a few days or so she doesn't step in mud and stuff out in the pasture after you clean it and wrap it. Let her out in a nice, grassy spot for a little while during the day though, so she's not cooped up all the time. I would wash it with soap and water and then apply some medicine to it. Cut the hair around it too, so it doesn't pick up any dirt and debris and rub it in the wound. Wrap it with gauze and vet wrap when you're done, and repeat the process the next day and for another week or so. I've heard that Vetericyn stuff works good, although it sounds kinda pricey. I would put antibacterial ointment on it at the least for once a day after you clean it. I've heard that if you use it for a long period of time, about 2 weeks or so, it's not good for them. Icthammol works really well. If it starts getting infected I would see about getting some SMZ tablets to dissolve and mix in her feed for a little while. Hope this helps! :]

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