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  • Horse has cut on rear foot from stepping on himself. how do i get it to heal

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    02-04-2013, 08:37 PM
Recurring Cut

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...
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    02-04-2013, 08:41 PM
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I wonder if it's actually a puncture wound and there is something in it? I would take a syringe w/ a betadine solution in it and flush it out really well. It looks a little high for it to be an over reaching injury.....
    02-04-2013, 08:45 PM
I thought it could be a puncture too. The only thing is that it is like a mini ice cream scooper got his skin. Its almost as wide as it is deep, but I will definitely try to flush it out. You can never be too safe with these guys :)
    02-04-2013, 10:21 PM
That doesnt look to be in the right place to be from him stepping on himself with other hind foot. Are you sure he didnt cut himself some how other then stepping on himself? Does kinda look like a puncture wound.
    02-04-2013, 10:30 PM
Well I thought that maybe he was running in the muddy field and took a bad step, but I guess it isn't in the right spot. Now I'll probably never know what he punctured himself on since it's been so long. There are a bunch of fallen tree branches (more like sticks) in his field by the wooded part- maybe he rolled on one?

How do I know if it's a puncture wound and what would I do to treat it?
    02-04-2013, 10:32 PM
If this has been going off and on for 2-3 months, id certainly have the vet out. Having an open wound like this that never heals is just asking for a severe infection to set in. Im actually surprised it hasnt already happened.

My horse never had an open wound, scrape, puncture, nothing, and she developed cellulitis and a severe bacterial infection that got into the joint, caused the bone to deteriorate and osteoarthritis to set in. She's currently on 6 months rest while she "fuses" and heals. *sigh* Horses!

Moral of the story...LoL...Give your vet a call.
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    02-04-2013, 10:37 PM
Alright, so I'll call the vet out. What a shame, she was here for him 2 weeks ago. I didn't even think about it since it's been almost a month since the last time it bled. And it's not always open. The scab forms quickly, but he always managed to tear the scab off. I thought since it was such a big chunk of skin that the scab would take longer to go away, but now that I think about it, a month is too long for a wound to have such a thick scab. I'll see when she can get out here...

I hope your mare gets better quick CLaPorte432- these are such delicate animals! Who ever said "healthy as a horse" clearly never owned a horse...
    02-04-2013, 10:51 PM
Looks identical to what my old TB used to do. He moved quite close behind, and tended to get flares on the inside of his hinds very quickly despite regular trimming.
You want to be careful with these as they can calcify and effect the joint.

I suggest that you clean the wound up with anti-septic cream, put a good sized dollop of white ointment on a piece of gauze, bandage that on and then put a rubber ring around the fetlock. A bell boot won't do much as they only protect the hoof and coronet.
This the the ring that I'm talking about:
Brighton Saddlery - Boots & Bandages - Rubber Fetlock Ring -

You can get them off Ebay very cheaply, I think they are also called sausage boots?

My gelding had this issue before I purchased him, and had 3 separate wounds in the same area. By keeping them soft and clean with white ointment and bandaging, and protected with the ring boot, they cleared up within a few weeks - and these had already started to calcify so a fresh one like yours shouldn't take long at all.
To prevent them, paddock him with the rings if you can, and talk to your farrier about trimming/shoeing in a way that will make your horse track slightly wider behind rather than coming in narrow and clipping himself.

I wouldn't bother with a vet for this one - it's a pretty easy fix.
    02-04-2013, 10:53 PM
Sorry just to add - its probably worth putting him on a round of antibiotics too just to be very safe - you should be able to get this over the counter from your vet if you have a good relationship with them. I always have a bottle in my fridge ;)
    02-04-2013, 11:01 PM
He's already been on Doxy because he has Lymes- maybe that's why it hasn't gotten infected. So it's better to not let this cut have air? Usually we try to leave them open to hel sooner, but for this one its better to bandage it? And he's ver narrow in front, so I guess he could be narrow in back too. I'll look into those rings, but I'll probably talk to my farrier first. We will pull the hind shoes, talk about trimming (since the vet wants to see him with less toe, but same amount of heel) and then see what we can do about those rings. If I could figure out how to make my dog's rubber toy into one of those rings, that'd be awesome, but I doubt it will work :) Oh well, they're not that expensive anyways..

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