Re-opening old wounds
Last summer my gelding cut open the heel of his front right foot on the fence. My barn owner was very helpful in treating it. It took a LONG time to heal because of it's location. Proud flesh developed but we got rid of most of that as well. It healed as a bump with a scar.
Now to the important part. My crazy horse has manged to re-injure the exact same spot! This time I think he over stepped and ripped it open. The fence he originally injured himself on has since been fixed. Anyways, I would like to avoid the long healing process we went through last year. I'm looking for ideas to encourage faster healing and avoiding proud flesh growth.
This happened about 4 days ago. I've been cleaning it, applying furazone and bandaging it. He does rip the bandage off just about everyday though. Here are a couple of pictures I took of the injury today after I cleaned it. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Maybe try a bell boot overtop of the bandage if it wont rub the area to protect it a little more.
Clean it well and make sure you cover it for a few days. I bell boot may work. Also once it heals up a bit, start to rub some mineral oil it on. It will help keep the skin soft and will heal faster without a scar.
Thanks for the tips!
My barn owner suggested not bandaging it anymore to let it breathe and just clean it and apply the furazone without the bandage. I'm not sure how I feel about it because it's been somewhat muddy. He's pretty old school when it comes to injuries and such but he went to vet school. Do you think it would be ok to leave it unbandaged after a few days of keeping (trying to anyways) it bandaged?
I would clean it, put some ointment on it, cover it with cotton, wrap the entire hoof with vet wrap, and then duck tape it. Wrap it over his coronet band. Do this twice a day. It should heal up in no time. My horse has bashed his heel a few times, so I can relate.
Also, start putting bell boots on him in turn out and for riding to prevent future injury. :)
Once a day should be just fine. :)
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