It's Luca, again. (for those who have read my other threads about Lucas "problems", or just my over-worrying ) Well, anyway, I was calling Luca so I could do his daily exercise of lunging with him. (Well, not DAILY, but almost daily. Between that comes some free-jumping and schooling) But I couldn't see Luca anywhere. I went on the paddock and saw him on the other side of the fence (a one strand wire and one strand non-hot hot tape.). The fence is not finished yet, as my dad is building a chicken pen next to the paddock but is actually quite safe, unless a panicked horse would run into it. I didn't really want Fleet and Luca to graze on that paddock (because of that fence, the strand of not-hot tape looked a bit loose) but it was the only one available because my dad was cleaning one (there was scrap metal on it), the other one had a temporary fireplace on it (we had a scrap-wood + bamboo stick burning a few days ago) and the other was in rest because its grass needs to grow. So...I went over to Luca, who was standing very still. Then, I noticed it. :( An old scar on his hind leg had reopened at one spot and quite a bit of skin was missing. There was no flowing blood though, and Luca was putting weight on the leg. I think it's just the skin that had been ripped off, no blood vessels struck, but I'm just concerned about the scar, and how it will heal. I put some clear antiseptic liquid on it, and he didn't actually care. I waited patiently until my dad was finally finished with his scrap-metal dipositing, so I was able to put the horses on that paddock. Luca is his old self, but I'm just wondering:
-should I call a vet to come and see?
- how often should I wash it? I'm thinking once in the morning, once at midday and once in the evening.?
-will the scar ever heal entirely or will Luca remain with a visible scar?
And HERE are the pics:
Here, he's resting the leg, but just because he was about to fall asleep. :)
The close-up. Note the older scar (the thin line below the wound.). Where the "hole" is now, there used to be a skin flap that was ripped off because of a similar accident a few months ago, and I guess that the skin there was weaker there so it ripped in the exact same spot!
That red stuff isn't flowing blood, it's the skin/flesh underneath the leg hair.
Thanks for any advice!