Wish we didn't have barbed wire... should I give him penicillan? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 40 Old 08-22-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wish we didn't have barbed wire... should I give him penicillan?

I wish we didn't have barbed wire. I swear, when I get a place and land on my own, I will be using board and hot-wire fencing, or something other than barbed wire.

My six year old gelding got his leg tangled in our barbed wire fencing earlier. Luckily I was out there with a cousin (we were catching horses to take for a short ride). My cousin was freaking out, but I stayed calm and just walked over to myboy talking to him softly. He stayed calm to and let me untangle him.

A few months ago my mare got caught in our catch pen and had to be cut free of the wire. My geldig is cut on the same exact place that my mare was, just on a different leg (the cut is right behind/below his front fetlock joint... my mare was slashed right below/behind her hind fetlock joint). My mare's cut got infected really badly and scarred over really badly... so my question is, should I give my gelding penicillan shots for the next few days just to be safe? Or do yall think he will be ok with me just putting liquid wound care on the injury? My mare was cut a lot deeper than my gelding is, but I still worry about it because of the location of the injury and the fact that it nicked a vein, as it bled quite a bit for such a 'non-serious' cut before finally clotting.

Dakota is galloping around the pasture and acting as normal... am I just worrying too much?

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Before administering any antibiotics, please call a vet. If the wound is bad enough that you think it may need antibiotics, then it should be attended to by a veterinarian prior to treatment.

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How bad is it? Is it still bleeding? I agree with talking to a vet, I doubt they will stitch it as it us in a high movement area, but might ease your mind a bit.
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After looking it over earlier, it's not as bad as I thought... it's about four scratches, but one is near the vein that runs down the leg, or close to it. That's the oe that bled. It isn't bleeding anymore and had quit bleeding within ten minutes of him getting injured, it just bled a pretty good bit before stopping.

My concern isn't that I think it needs antibiotics, it's more of a... my mare had an injury at the same spot, just on a different leg, and it got infected so badly that it took over a month to heal, but her injury was much worse than Dakota's...

I guess I'm just worrying too much. It's not enough to need stitches or even call a vet... I was just wanting to know if, just as a precaution, it would be ok/good to give him penacilln shots for about three days... or would it not be worth it since the cuts aren't too bad?

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I hope your horses are ok

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That's your call if you would feel better giving him penicillin then it probably wouldn't hurt. I would suggest cleaning, which I'm sure you have, put some kind of antibiotic on it, like furecin, or dermagel, or whatever else you use and wrap it up.
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Certainly a cleaning and topical antibacterial treatment would be a good course of action. However, I'm always concerned about the casual use of penicilin (and other antibiotics for that matter) because I believe overusage can lead to the creation of super bacteria. Therefore, I think a vet consultation should be done before injections take place. And, on the subject of injections, I trust your horses are UTD with tetanus. I wish you good luck.
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I agree with chevaux over usage of drugs can lead to future problems have you talked to a vet about this at all? Do you have a vet you can call to ask questions?
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Do you really not think the vet needs to be called, or would you rather not spend the money?

If the vet doesn't need to be called, then the horse doesn't need penicillin, just clean it up yourself.

But you really do need to do something about your fencing, it's not fair to your animals.
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How big is the pasture and how many horses are in it?
Sounds as if you have an overcrowded pasture.
A good strong well maintained barbed wire fence should be safe for most horses.
Yes I have seen some bad scars from accidents involving barbed wire.
I am n ot saying it is ideal.
If your horses keep testing and pushing the fence there is a problem.
We have miles of barbed wire fencing.
Over 100 head of cattle and 27 horses live here with only the occassional minor cut.
Never work an animal against barbed wire.
If they panic they will try and escape and may crash through it.
No I would only use penicilin if there was an infection.
You may want to try a tetnus booster. Shalom
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