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  • Puncture wound in the hock
  • Just noticed a puncture wound on my horse

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    01-17-2013, 09:43 AM
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My mare lives in a barbed wire fence (yeah I know, it's bad, but its the only good boarding barn around and they can't afford to change all of their fences) and routinely gets cut up. Usually it's not a big deal, I just spray the wounds off, maybe put some anti-biotic ointment on them and move on. In september she got caught up in the fence and had a huge gash on her front leg. We called the vet up and I was giving her antibiotics, and bute plus putting scarlet oil on the wound and vasoline over the area surrounding the wound to help reduce swelling. I had to spray the wound on high to get all of the junk and scabs out everyday so that we would avoid proud flesh or massive scarring. Yesterday when I went to get her out of the pasture I noticed two small, jagged, puncture wounds on her hock, obviously from the barbed wire. Her hock was a little swollen and a little hot. It's been very cold lately and our hose is frozen so I couldn't spray it off, I just put scarlet oil on it and the smallest dose of bute that I could give her. I came back after school yesterday and the hose was unfrozen so I was able to spray her leg off. I put more scarlet oil on it and turned her back out. Today, her leg is even more swollen. It's the morning so I couldn't spray it off again but I did put scarlet oil and vasoline on it. I haven't given her any bute since the first day. I don't want to call the vet yet just because it's too expensive to have him come out and say keep on keeping on lol I've called him out three or four other times for injuries like this and except for one time, he's just given me antibiotics and I've moved on, my pocket about $200 lighter.

Sorry for the long post lol, just wondering though, does what I'm doing sound ok? Does anyone else have any good treatment options for something like this? The punctures aren't very deep at all and aren't bleeding.

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    01-17-2013, 10:01 AM
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First off, refencing with electric tape is not that expensive. I work at my barn and spent the 4th of july last year sectioning off pasture with it. Very, very easy to put up and much cheaper than wood. Volunteer to help put it up.

I wouldn't stay somewhere that had my horse constantly being cut up from the fence. But I am not sure what the vaseline does other than goober it up? If it is a bad wound, I wouldn't be hosing off the scabs and everything everyday, just gently wash the dirt off and reapply medicated ointment.
    01-17-2013, 10:14 AM
Agree with Poppy! In my opinion a GOOD boarding barn would not have barbed wire fencing. I personally would not keep my horses at a barn that has barbed wire either, there's too many things that can happen because it's not safe. Calm horse or not, accidents happen. Getting routine cuts, bumps, and bruises should be a sign here.

Anyways, the only thing you're doing if the scabs come off when you wash and put vaseline on is opening up the wounds for infection. Put ointment on or any other cream specific for wounds, don't overload it though. Keep them dry if possible, they're not too big they will heal with time. Just keep them as clean as you can at this point.

We did the same this summer, replaced front pasture with three strand white electric tape and plan to do the rest with the other pastures. All-in-all it's not that expensive to do. If there's other boarders, you all could help out putting it up. Not too hard to put up either.
    01-17-2013, 10:36 AM
IMO, you need to get your horse seen by a vet and on antibiotics. With all the swelling and heat, its very possible that your mares puncture wound has developed into cellulitis. That's not something you want to deal with and potentially fatal if left untreated. It needs to be hit hard and quickly with antibiotics, and not just penicillin.
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    01-17-2013, 12:35 PM
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A vet visit is definitely in order, and should be for any puncture wound in a joint area.

A horse I leased a couple years ago got a very small puncture wound on the inside of his knee and my BO recommended calling the vet because of its location. I'm glad I did- it had punctured a tendon sheath. It got flushed out to clear any contaminants, he got a shot of strong time-release antibiotic, and I got an ointment to put on along with orders to keep it wrapped (easier said than done on a knee!). Fortunately it healed up without any issues.
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    01-17-2013, 12:37 PM
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ITA - time for a vet visit, and then to look at a move to a new barn (even if the cost is higher, look at the money you'll be saving on vet bills with all the future visits for cuts/punctures you'll be avoiding)

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