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    01-20-2012, 11:21 PM
small puncture wound on lower leg

I all, I went out to feed my horse this morning and noticed that she had a small amount of blood trickling down the outside of her lower leg about half way between the knee and pastern. It has been extremely cold here the last week (highs at about 5 degrees F) and the blood was freezing right away. So I figured the best thing would be to leave it be seeing as how it was very small and not bleeding all that much.
So I went to clean the barn and when I checked her later there was alot of frozen blood on her leg so I said ok time to clean and dress it. Cleaned it and there was no new blood so I treated it with an antibiotic, and wrapped it from knee to pastern with cotton and vet wrap. When I went back out tonight for the evening feeding I noticed fresh blood from under the bandage. Unwrapped it and yes there was blood on the bandage, but no new blood coming from the leg. So cleaned dressed and rewrapped it again for overnight.

This has me really confused as I can't tell exactly where the wound is, as it never bleeds once I clean it up. It must be very small. I am thinking about shaving the hair off the area in the morning. But am worried about the extreme cold temps we have I will have to keep it covered until spring. I guess I am just being a worry wort about this, but I have never had to deal with a puncture wound before, and definitely not in the coldest part of winter.

My horses are kept on pasture 24/7 but they have access to there stalls whenever they want. She was out last night and blanketed, but this evening I kept her locked in the stall to keep her movements down. Is there anything else I can do? Thanks
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    01-20-2012, 11:26 PM
Do you have access to a wash rack with warm water and a place for her to stay warm while she dries off? If it were me, I would rinse the leg lightly and look for the puncture that way first, then clip only the area immediately around the wound so that you're able to assess the extent of the injury.

It sounds like it's still bleeding quite a bit, which makes me wonder if perhaps there isn't a foreign body lodged in the wound that will need to be removed/flushed out.
    01-21-2012, 12:01 AM
Oh I wish I had a wash rack. Just a bucket with some warm water in it. I guess I will have to wait till morning at this point and check it again.
    01-22-2012, 12:39 PM
Well if anyone cares, The bleeding stopped after 24 hours, no sign of hole or wound or anything but a little tiny bit of swelling where it happened. Still treating it with a topical antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungel spray. She acts and looks like nothing happened. Silly horses drive us crazy all the time don't they?!
    01-23-2012, 08:04 AM
Also make sure her tetanus vaccine is up to date.
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