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teamfire 12-12-2011 01:01 AM

Puncture wounds?
Hi there...

A potential horse I'm looking to buy has recently hurt himself. What I know so far is that it is a puncture wound in his flank and is on antibiotics and being flushed daily. He is, not unsurprisingly, limping.

He does have a good prognosis but vet doesn't want to say anything for sure until some weeks.

How severe are these wounds? Can it affect them in the future? How long do they tend to take to heal, if there are no complications?

Also, would this put you off a potential buy, if you otherwise really liked the horse? We had not yet got to the pre-purchase vet check, as the owner wanted to inspect my barn and its facilities first.

Thanks for your time...

Duren 12-12-2011 01:13 AM

From what I know about small animal medicine, puncture wounds usually get infected as the bacteria is implanted deep in the tissue and cant escape, as it would in a laceration. Assuming the abx he on is the correct one for the bacteria that was introduced, I would think that it would heal ok. There are always chances for complications though. I'm sure thats why the vet isnt willing to give a definite prognosis at this point.

I'd wait till its all clear.

Prinella 12-12-2011 05:43 AM

Whilst it wouldn't put me off I would certainly prefer to wait until he is healed just in case

DuffyDuck 12-12-2011 06:16 AM

I'd wait personally, that way you don't get the vets bill, and you can wait to confirm you're going to have a healthy horse!

natisha 12-12-2011 07:15 AM

I agree with waiting until he is healed. If the seller is so concerned about where he will be living then this shouldn't be a problem. She wants a sound home & you want a sound horse. That's fair.

teamfire 12-12-2011 01:42 PM

Oh, of course I'm going to wait! The owner wouldn't have it any other way either.

I guess my worry is that this horse will heal up okay? I don't know how long they take to heal up properly enough so that they can pass a vet check. Do these kind of wounds ever affect them again the future?

natisha 12-12-2011 03:20 PM

It depends on the wound, severity, location, scar tissue formation-that kind of stuff. Many horses come back sound after horrific injuries.

DuffyDuck 12-12-2011 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by natisha (Post 1263391)
It depends on the wound, severity, location, scar tissue formation-that kind of stuff. Many horses come back sound after horrific injuries.

Precisely. The vet should give you the best advice going, and if you get a PPE then it should eliminate any issues.

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