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.