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post #1 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation My new horse has a bad cut on her front hoof.

I am worried that she will be lame later in life if someone doesn't care for it the right way. The barn manager gave her a shot of penacillian, and he sprayed some medicine on it (said it would take away infection).
It was swelling a little bit and she kept lifting it up when I was walking her around, she wasn't being dangerous; just in pain I think!!
When do you think this should heal? Should I get a vet to come out? The barn manager doesn't have enough money to have a vet come out to look at the horses for 'minor injuries'. I'm just worried. /: My dad said we should at least wrap the leg to prevent any more injury!!
Any opinions?
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 06:38 AM
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Do you have a pic of it? Do you or your parents own the horse? Why would the BM be paying for the vet if it's your horse? Assuming that it's a cut on the leg since you mentioned swelling and not on the hoof itself. Not much could be done with the actual hoof if it is. If it's long or deep, a vet could put stitches in. Horses heal quite well without having anything done. If you do decide to wrap it, be careful that you don't wrap it too tight. There are products that work as well protecting a wound as wrapping, such as Wonder Dust. Also, trying to wrap certain parts of the leg can be difficult because the wrap won't stay in place.

Depending on how bad it is, I would clean it daily if not twice a day and use something like the wonder dust on it.

You could give her some Bute to help with the pain.
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Do you have a pic of it? Do you or your parents own the horse? Why would the BM be paying for the vet if it's your horse? Assuming that it's a cut on the leg since you mentioned swelling and not on the hoof itself. Not much could be done with the actual hoof if it is. If it's long or deep, a vet could put stitches in. Horses heal quite well without having anything done. If you do decide to wrap it, be careful that you don't wrap it too tight. There are products that work as well protecting a wound as wrapping, such as Wonder Dust. Also, trying to wrap certain parts of the leg can be difficult because the wrap won't stay in place.

Depending on how bad it is, I would clean it daily if not twice a day and use something like the wonder dust on it.
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It is on the back of her front hoof, when we tried to touch it she flinched away. I'm thinking maybe calling the vet to come look at her next week.
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I always call the vet out.

Better to be over the top prepared than miss a chance to get it stitched up and on the way to healing

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post #5 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 06:49 AM
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I doubt that a wrap would stay on. If it's bad enough for a vet, they should look at it as soon as possible. Waiting until next week, there won't be much they could do as the healing would already have started. If I understand right, stitches can only be done within 24 hours but I don't know if they could stitch there anyway. Just try to keep it clean as possible. Hosing it with cold water can help the swelling go down.
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 07:07 AM
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If you own this horse it is YOUR responsibility, not the BO's to get the vet out. That is part of ownership. AND, the vet needs to come now. Here is the US which is where you are, we are going into a holiday weekend. I certainly would not want to wait until a minimum of Tuesday before my horse could get help if she gets worse over the weekend. Much better to get the vet now, get it sorted, and get her on the way to healing.

If this is NOT your horse,(which is why the BO is making the decision about the vet), then not much you can do I guess.

You have already waited too long, IMO.

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post #7 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 07:57 AM
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Call the vet, put some bedadine on it, my horse had a deep cut on his neck and my vet sprayed some medicine on it and I had to keep putting bedadine on it. It should heal soon.
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post #8 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 08:56 AM
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If you feel the horse will need the vet next week, it would be better to have the vet out today - as has been mentioned, we are heading into a long holiday weekend and the fact is a wound will be more likely to be able to be treated the fresher it is, once you let it set for x amount of days the treatment options drop considerably.
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post #9 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Well I just bought the horse last night!! So I don't think it's my fault I can't get a vet out asap. We still have to find one close by...
I'm just worried, but the barn management said it should heal fine with the penicillin and the spray.
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post #10 of 21 Old 05-24-2012, 09:12 AM
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The barn SHOULD have a designated vet that they call for emergencies. Ask them about it.

You aren't completely helpless. We aren't criticizing you, we're just giving advice and hoping your horse gets the care she needs.
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