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    12-27-2011, 07:11 PM
what to do for his leg

So today I bring my horse inside from his field. I notice that he has a big scrape on the inside of his back left leg. His leg was puffy.

His shoe was also loose.

So I told my trainer and she came up to the barn...she put a nail in to hold the shoe on. That was fine.

I rode my horse and he was fine. He wasnt ouchy on that back leg. So after my lesson...my trainer told me to hose his leg.

So I hosed his leg off in the rain. :P Then I took him down to the ring so I could hand walk him around.

My trainer didnt say anything about putting something on it.

Since it was raining and the feilds were muddy...is there something that I could put on that scrape that would stay on and not come off from the rain?

I'll be going back on friday. So let me know before then.

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    12-27-2011, 07:23 PM
What we did when one of our schooling horses got a cut on his coronet... Sprayed it with AluShield (a sort of liquid bandage) and kept him up in the stalls, out of the mud and water, until it healed up better; took about 2 days. After that, we cleaned it twice daily to help fend off infection.

Something else you may want to try, is a treatment (wound spray or some other anti-bacterial wound treatment), gauze, and then vet wrap. With my experience vet wrap stays on like a charm, even when it gets wet. Of course, you would have a little more labor in cleaning the wound/gauze daily so it doesn't hold in any bacteria. And of course, have a period of time where the wound can "breathe," which should help keep him from losing hair in the bandaged area.
    12-27-2011, 07:28 PM
If the scrape is nothing major (i.e. Just removal of fur, no bleeding) try some Corona ointment. It works wonders!! It is also thick, and will make it through several hours of rain. We use corona for sunburns during the summer and scrapes year round.

Wound Kote is also an extremely handy thing to have and to apply to small abrasions. It sprays on, but will not make it through rain. Here are links to both, so you can read about them. Hope he gets better soon!

Corona Ointment - Jeffers
    12-27-2011, 07:41 PM
You did the proper thing. Hydrotherapy, regularly, best thing.
    12-27-2011, 08:05 PM
Thank you everyone for the comments. The scrape was bleeding at some point because there was dried blood on his leg. So I just cleaned that up and hosed his leg.

We have this yellow goop stuff...ummm feara(i don't know how to spell it)dressing. I could put that on. Or in my trunk I have liquid wound stuff . I also have swatt goop.

My mom has to place a Jeffers order anyways...so I will ask her to add Corona to the list. :)
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    12-27-2011, 08:11 PM
[QUOTE=RoosHuman;1282181]If the scrape is nothing major (i.e. Just removal of fur, no bleeding) try some Corona ointment. It works wonders!! It is also thick, and will make it through several hours of rain. We use corona for sunburns during the summer and scrapes year round.

Corona Ointment - Jeffers

Im confused... I went on the jeffers page to see the corona ointment... and it says *Not recommended for direct open-wound care*...but that's what the scrape on his leg is.... so does that mean I can't use this?

but then again it says *Use as a body/leg dressing*

I am really confused..?
    12-27-2011, 08:22 PM
If it is open, and not deep enough to warrant a vet call, I would try the Wound Kote or a product like it. Just something to keep it clean while it heals. Then, once some skin has grown back and hardened, you can place some Corona on it. The Corona will help it to stay moisturized and will reduce any scarring that can happen.
    12-27-2011, 08:54 PM
This is what I have: http://www.jefferspet.com/images/265/11802.jpg The one next to the spray bottle. Liquid wound care.

For now..i can use fura dressing from my trainer. But its nice to have something in my tack trunk for wounds. I'll have to see what tractor supply has.
    12-27-2011, 09:00 PM
Since it is nothing major, just gently clean it, put some generic neosporin on it, and leave it be. After that, just keep an eye on it in case it gets infected. Most folks over treat minor wounds and they actually take longer to heal. Nature does a pretty fine job on its own.
    12-28-2011, 06:42 PM
I got this at tractor supply http://www.sstack.com/resources/ssta...6.a.detail.jpg
Just to keep in my tack trunk. Will this freeze during the winter time? Should I keep it at home so instead?


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