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post #1 of 7 Old 10-08-2014, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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treating head laceration

My 17 yr old Appy had a meltdown the other night when I went to load him on a trailer after a trail ride. I have never loaded him at night, and the only thing I can figure, is that the inside light on the trailer spooked him. He would not load, and reared several times, and ran off. When I turned the light off inside the trailer, he was willing to go on. When I got him home, He was bleeding from a laceration above his eye, and he had a gash at the base of his forelock. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to apply medication, or clean this area? He will not let me touch either one of these areas. Will they heal ok if I do nothing? They don't appear to be deep, and only looks like the top layer of skin was taken off.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-09-2014, 12:32 AM
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Hmm, pictures? Above the eye never sounds good but your description doesn't sound serious. If they are just scrapes (laceration means cut to me though?) I'd just put antibiotic cream, and if needed some swat or something (careful not to get it into the eye of course).

Being an Appy it may not be necessary (lol) but braid his forelock too so it's out of the way.

Maybe a flymask depending on how it sits and the need. Doesn't sound like it's that bad though.

Honestly as Appy's are notorious for eye issues I would get his eye checked. He probably just got nervous but not wanting to move into the light is a little odd.

If they are just scrapes they should just heal fine with nothing.

That said, we had a horse with a minor wound on the tip of his ear (tried to pierce his ear basically lol) by the time we noticed of course is was infected. It was mostly cartilidge and I'm sure the pain was minimal but he's one of those drama queens and wouldn't let us touch it. After sedating AND fighting with him several times we gave up and called the vet. Figured give it one GOOD cleaning and let it be. Well that took even more sedation and fighting, but it got a good clean and silver spray lol and didn't need anything else after that.

Basically what I'm saying is if he won't let you touch it but it needs something it might be worth it to get the vet out even for something you typically wouldn't for.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-09-2014, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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head wound

Thanks for all your suggestions. I did put a fly mask on him and it did help to cover the damage! I didn't mean to call it a laceration; mostly a skin tear. It didn't affect his eye at all, pretty far above it. He pulled a good layer of skin off at the base of his forelock, and won't let me touch it, but he has always been head shy.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-10-2014, 11:40 AM
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Just keep a close eye and you'll be fine.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-10-2014, 12:04 PM
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as long as it doesnt create a problem with the eye itself, i wouldnt be too worried about it and would consider it a good reward for acting like an *** at that age. Sometimes a good thump on the head is all that is needed to remind them of their manners
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-11-2014, 04:51 PM
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Not directly related, but some appies carry the gene for night blindness, which impairs their vision at night time. Not sure if it is why your fellow wouldn't load, but might be worth looking into.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-13-2014, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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appy with head laceration

I don't think night blindness is a problem, because we rode for an hour in the dark the other night when I went out looking for my cell phone! He was the best, even when there were deer popping out all over the place!:
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