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        08-14-2010, 08:28 PM
    Nicks, Scrapes, Bangs

    So, my OTTB is doing great. Retired from racing in March, he is jumping cross rails, gaining weight, and being a good boy all around. I adore him! He has a buddy now, for the first time in his life. She is an old Chincoteague pony mare. The love eachother, the eat and nuzzle together when they are out in the paddock (about 8 hours per day) SHE is in charge...which I expected. So, now that he is having so much fun with his buddy and out more than before, he has more little scrapes and abrasions. She bit him early one once or twice, just superficial, but now I think he just gets nicked when they run around or whatever. My husband is worried that this will make him look horrible when we enter him in a hunter pleasure class for the first time next month. I put corona ointment on anything I find whenever I can.

    Question: is there a "paddock protector" kind of sheet that he can wear when outside that will help minimize the scrapes? Something that is really all weather, and more like an insect sheath?

    Or, am I overreacting and should just know that these things go away fast and he is being a normal horse!
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        08-14-2010, 08:37 PM
    These things are totally normal. Every horse gets a little banged up by another pasture buddy every once in a while. Horses just love to play! :] How long have your horses been together? They might just need some more time to get used to each other. You could get a fly sheet to put on him in the summer. I've never used one before, but it seems like it would help some. Also, once the cuts are healed up you could put MTG on it to make the hair grow back faster. I've also heard that putting bacon grease on a healed cut that hasn't grown hair back yet prevents white hair from growing in it's place.
        08-15-2010, 02:23 PM
    Other than wrap him in bubble wrap, dings are going to happen. Hopefully the other horses in your classes are turned out with buddies too and it will even out. Corona does seem to make the hair grow back quickly. I've had slightly quicker results with A&D Ointment. Plain old human stuff. MTG works well too, but it is really greasy. It is fantastic for stimulating tail growth if you massage it into the dock once a week or so.

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