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    09-23-2010, 11:53 AM
Open sore - would worms cause this?

I just went to check on my boarded horse and found this.

I have come home to get some gloves and will go back to try to clean it, but I just almost took a nice kick while looking at it. He has never ever kicked before, I am sure it is just sore. So I am thinking that I will wait a couple of hours til my husband is home, so I can have some help.

He is a 5yr OTTB who is underweight despite the time of year when he should be at his fattest. So I am thinking it is worms, although my barn owner is supposed to be worming all the horses.

What do you guys think?
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    09-23-2010, 11:57 AM
That looks like a rubbing type wound to me.

If the horse is wormy or his sheath needs cleaned he'll be itchy back there, so he'll rub on things to scratch the itch.

Looks like he was rubbing on something, and got caught on it.

Remember, horses are born looking for a way to commit suicide in the harshest, most painful, expensive way they can!

If you want to doctor it, don't stand directly behind him. Stand with your shoulder on his hip, facing to the rear. Horses have a hard time kicking if you're up against them.
    09-23-2010, 12:15 PM
Thanks Speed Racer, his tail doesn't show any signs of rubbing, which is what made me think of worms, and his weight.
    09-23-2010, 12:22 PM
Some of them lift their tail to rub on things, so you won't always be able to see broken tail hair.

My heart horse got something similar one year. I have no idea what the heck he got into, but it healed just fine. He had a pink place where it healed, though. Looked funky. The rest of his butt was black, but that one spot was pink!
    09-23-2010, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the advise SR, I tried to google it, but saw some things I wish I had not, due to the area of the injury. :)
    09-23-2010, 12:30 PM
What is your BO's deworming schedule? Even if you are paying them to do this (and trust that they will) you should still know all of the deworming/vaccination/farrier/etc. history in case you ever have to call in a vet. They will expect you to have that info at your finger tips.

I agree with Speed- looks like he got it hung up while rubbing OUCH! And lol @ horses being born trying to commit suicide, I so agree. I would say keep it clean with mild soap and water **no hydrogen peroxide!!!** And due to location it is going to want to be dirty so if you can hose it off a couple of times a day that would be best.
    09-23-2010, 12:57 PM
Thanks, I have no idea what his worming schedule is, but I will find out. Vet, farrier, teeth and vacinations, I organize - worming is the only thing the barn does.

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