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post #1 of 7 Old 06-12-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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The never healing hock sore...

Apollo has had this hock sore forever it seems...it's about the size of a quarter. It scabs up and starts to heal until he decides to lay down or roll and rubs his hock on the ground when gets up and it cracks open again. I can tell its from this because he will have dirt or grass stains around the perimeter of his sore and across his entire hock. I hose it for a little bit everyday and then treat it. He's not letting me touch it and is very touchy about it now if I try to put ointment on it (I don't want to risk getting kicked), so I've been putting wonder dust on it because its the only thing I can get on it. I was looking at using a wound spray but I'm scared it'll attract flies to his wound, but this seems to keep them off of it.

He was starting to get one on his other hock too but it healed fast and is almost completely gone already. We doubled the shavings put in his stall so he's not rubbing it on the stall mat or anything and that seemed to help a little, but he's outside more than he is in his stall and we can't really keep him from going down outside.

Is there anything else I can do for his sore? Different product to put on it?Just keep doing what I'm doing? Anything?


^the spot further down on his leg is a freckle, not another sore.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-12-2013, 12:32 PM
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Stop using wonder dust. Its caustic and only supposed to be used for proud flesh and will definitely make it worse.

The best way to heal this is apply something soothing and protective like corona ointment and give him a soft place to roll and sleep tha tis not abrasive and hope he uses it. Soft sand and in the area where he rolls and sleeps helps or access to a clean stall with nice deep shavings. You may battle it awhile but so long as he rolls on hard rough ground, it will keep opening as you have seen.

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I had the same issue....read this thread. I also found that polysporin really helps. Sometimes it's best to let the sore harden up and callus. Some horses just have a tendency to damage their hocks more than others on laying down and getting up:(

Hock sores and duct tape?
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Stop using wonder dust. Its caustic and only supposed to be used for proud flesh and will definitely make it worse.

The best way to heal this is apply something soothing and protective like corona ointment and give him a soft place to roll and sleep tha tis not abrasive and hope he uses it. Soft sand and in the area where he rolls and sleeps helps or access to a clean stall with nice deep shavings. You may battle it awhile but so long as he rolls on hard rough ground, it will keep opening as you have seen.
I read about Wonder Dust before purchasing it said it can be used on slow healing wounds and prevents proud flesh, not to only use it for proud flesh.

I was putting ointment on it (when it was smaller and he'd let me touch it) but he threatens to kick when I touch it now that its bigger and I don't want to get hurt. If I have nothing on it the flies get to it when he rips it open...this at least keeps the flies off of it.
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FWIW, It is absolutely caustic and will eat away the healing edges of a wound used indiscriminately. I am 100% positive on that. I have used it extensively and to remove proud flesh. I have seen it harm and setback healing quite seriously as well as take down proud flesh effectively. I would never use it on a general wound and especially one that keeps opening up and can't heal. Read in ingredients. Many vets advise throwing it away in favor of better, less caustic, products these days. Its just very caustic and often used inappropriately. Wounds heal in spite of using it, not because of using it.

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I don't think you need to hose it. I use silver spray for it. I have also used furazone. He has big pointy hocks, just one of those things. In regards to the kicking, I like to grab their tail that way I can get them to keep weight on the leg and throw them off balance if they try to kick.
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Sky had one. We used duct tape along with something like Furazone ointment.

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