Wound care, what do you like?
I searched and couldn't find a thread on this already. Weird! You'd think it would be a common question amoungst new horse owners.
Everyday I go to the barn, and my horse ALWAYS has a new cut. Some are bites or kicks from the other horses, others are of mysterious origin. (His paddock is VERY safe. Practically baby-proofed... so I don't know what the heck he's getting into).
ANYWAYS... What do you guys use for your cuts? To heal them up as quick as possible and grow hair back. They're all pretty deep and you can see proud flesh.
He's had saddle sores (from before I bought him) that came back in white instead of chestnut. Is there a way to prevent that?
I use WonderDust, I love it, amazing stuff! You puff it on, and it repels flies also.
Saddle sores are made from ill-fitting saddles, so prevent them from using only well fitting saddles.
He got a new saddle when I bought him. I was refering to the his hair growing back white, instead of chestnut like the rest of his body. Is there a way to make it grow back it's normal color?
Also, any tips for wound care underneath blankets? He'll be wearing a turnout blanket from tomorrow till roughly march. Will that interfere with wound healing? Its a nylon blanket, on both sides. 1200D with 150grams of fill.
I use Vetricyn & Cheval Products, Cut Away and Hair Gro Back. On a wound that's already grown in white, you can try clipping down to the skin and putting Hair Gro Back on it, it might make it come back in the normal color. Vetricyn & Cut Away both help restrict proud flesh and encourage normal hair growth.
We use vetericyn and Swat in the summer to keep flies off.....
Is vetericyn really worth all the hype? Its so expensive.
Yes, vetericyn is worth the hype & the money.
I keep that, granulex, wonder dust, iodine, and swat in our 1st aid kit.
I use Tri-Care Triple Action ointment on most of Huey's cuts and scrapes. It seems to work pretty well and it keeps the flies off of the wound. He gets less scabbing if I use that than he does if I just wash it, and his wounds are healing up pretty fast.
I have a big squirt thing of Banixx on hand in case of big wounds. The SmartPak store is not far from me, and when I went in to stock my first-aid kit for the barn, the women all had praise for the Banixx, and one of them said that she'd been using it heavily on her mare that had a major injury, and it was doing wonders. The nice thing about the Banixx, too, is that you don't have to touch the wound.
I think the proud flesh is a different issue - I haven't had to deal with that yet, but I was reading about it recently, and a lot of people seemed to think that continuing to clean a wound promotes its development. There's a lot of stuff you can find on the web about how to deal with it.
I think the hair grows in white because it is scarred. If you look at pictures of the BLM Mustangs, they're branded, and the hair has grown in white over the brand.
Vetericyn. Its amazing :)
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