My gelding cut himself somehow a couple months ago. He took a nice chunk of flesh out of his inner right hind. At the time, he was wearing hind shoes with plastic wedges. We cleaned the cut and it started to scab over and everything was fine.
A few weeks later, and he comes in with it bleeding again. He somehow pulled the scab off of it. That has happened on and off for the last 2-3 months. He never gives the scab enough time to heal before it is pulled off again.
Tonight, we noticed it was bleeding AGAIN. He is only wearing hind shoes now (no wedges). The next cycle he is getting his hind shoes pulled. Is this a problem of him wearing shoes, being stupid in the field, or stepping on himself when he walks do you think?
We decided to just throw on a large pair of bell boots we had laying around because it covered the wound and hopefully he won't be able to pull the scab off. We rinsed the cut in warm water and coated it in betadyne and anti-bacterial ointment. If you have never seen a horse with bell boots on the hind legs- its hilarious! Also the way he was walking was pretty funny too
Here's a pic- Do you think I need to talk to the vet? Or the farrier (who is coming out in 1 week)? It's pretty deep. How should I handle this, or is it no biggie? I know it bleeds more because it contantly is under pressure, but it still looks bad.
PS- Sorry about the bad quality- my phone can't take good pictures...