How should I care for this? *possibly graphic*
So today I went out to see Miss Lacey and she had a rather large bloody scrape/gouge on her cannon bone down to her fetlock on the inside of her right hind leg. She wasn't off or anything but I didn't work her at all. We just worked on our "commands" (I'm teaching her commands like a dog, yknow: stay, come etc) and she seemed fine. It did appear to sting a bit because she kept lifting her leg off the ground but she settled after a bit.
I hosed it off for about 10 minutes and didn't do anything more to it because I couldn't think of what to do off the top of my head. I'm positive she doesn't need stitches but I don't know if maybe she needs a shot or something because of it. If there's anything else I should do let me know!
Before hosing when it looked super yucky:
After hosing, a perspective view (she was standing weird, with it out behind her):
How do you think she did that?
That line down her leg below the gouge is a big long scrape/cut. She was moved into a new field with 9 other horses yesterday (she had been only with 2 others before but that field had no shelter and this bigger field does). They all had previously shared a fence line and she's been moved in and out of the big field about once every few months for the last 6 months without any problems previously so it's not like she doesn't know those horses.
The fencing is electrified tape and T-posts so I highly doubt she got her leg though it or something.
I'm kinda wondering if maybe she stepped on herself when she went to get up or something but that doesn't seem coordinated of her if that is what happened...
Is there anything I should change/do to help her heal? Thanks!
I would keep it clean, and use something like Derma-Gel or triple action antibiotic lotion or Hibitane on it.
Make sure there's nothing in the wound first though. Keep an eye out for heat, swelling, and proud flesh.
You'll probably never find out how she did it, you'll just have to accept that. =]
As far as caring for it, keep it clean, use warm water and a betadine scrub, clean it as often as you get out there, preferably twice, but if you only go out once, it'll be fine. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't swell, and if it does look swollen, cold hose it for 10-20 minutes.
When did she get her last tetanus shot? They need a tetanus shot every year, and if she's over-due, I'd definitely get her one. You can buy it from the vet or a farm supply store and give it yourself.
I would also invest in horse Equi-Aspirin. Especially since your girl is getting up there. I like to have it on hand in case Ricci and I take a rather rough ride and she gets sore, or if she cuts herself and it's pretty tender. You can get by without it, I'm just saying.
Yes, I forgot to say clean it well with warm water and betadine every day or every other day, and re-apply your choice of ointment.
Ricco gave some aweome advice, I would just like to elaborate on one point - if she is sore, or if it is sore to the touch, Bute is acceptable, but give the minimum dosage, and don't use it for more than 72 hours without talking to the vet first.
Ok. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to buy some betadine scrub, is it usually pretty inexpensive?
Thankfully my school is about 5 minutes from where she is so I can go out everyday. =)
I have no idea when the last time she got a tetanus shot was. >.< Her vet wouldn't release her medical info to me without her previous owner's permission and their contact information for the previous owner was no good anymore. I'm sure she got it atleast sometime in 2008 because her previous owner kept up on that stuff really well, but I don't know if my trainer has given her one this year. I'll check up on that.
I know a simple method! I don't know how expensive it is... but, my barn has a medicine called Underwood. You spray it on the horses clean, open wound, then, put baking powder on top of it. The baking powder acts like a band aid. Bo had got so many little scrapes while we stalled him at night to get used to being patient and in rather small spaces. It works wonders!
But, just keep it clean =] My friend watched a cut out on her mare and put penicillin in it. But they make fairly cheap antibiotic spray too =]
I'll see what I can find. =)
Also, should I wait for it to heal a bit to ride her/lunge her and stuff or is it no big deal? In any case, I probably won't work her at all tomorrow or Saturday (she gets a "day of rest" on Sunday, haha) but I'm wondering about Monday.
So long as she isn't favoring the leg, IMHO some mild exercise would probably do her good. It will help to keep the swelling down and since it isn't in a high motion part of her leg (front of the hock or back of the pastern) it should be okay. That could have really been caused by anything, she may have stepped on herself or gotten kicked or nicked it on a t-post, anything really. And if your trainer hasn't already given her a shot this year, I would go ahead and get her a tetanus booster just to be on the safe side.
Looks like she stuck her leg through a fence, possibly trying to graze on the other side. I have seen an injury just like that, except a LOT worse. I would clean it and use a topical on it daily until it heals. I would not wrap it.
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