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post #1 of 9 Old 01-14-2016, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Our Horse's First Minor Injury

Tonight I noticed while picking Casper's feet that his back leg felt swollen, and it was also hot. He has a small knick there, nothing major, no blood. It looks like maybe he got kicked or maybe fell on the ice. He may be limping a little; we can't tell exactly. If he is, it's not bad. If anything, he's taking a shorter stride with that leg and not bringing his foot all the way forward.

Anyhow, what is to be done? The barn worker there today (not the BO) said it was no big deal, they get bumped and scraped here and there. Should I have done something like wrap it or anything? The surface wound was nothing worth treating. It's between his fetlock and his hock. Most of the area between the fetlock & hock is swollen.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-14-2016, 11:13 PM
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Just keep an eye on it and as long as the swelling starts going down you're probably ok. If it gets worse, call the vet.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-15-2016, 01:24 PM
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Exactly what JCnGrace said. Keep it clean, but otherwise it should be fine. If you notice any more trouble, call the vet. If you want to help the swelling/heat go down, you can break out the hose and hose it down with some cold water, but it's probably fine without it.

It definitely could be worse! When I got my first horse I had her for about a week before she stepped on a short nail (it was a chance thing, the barn was very clean overall, we just got unlucky). I still have dreams about the blood gushing out of her hoof when they pulled it out. There were wraps, poultices, duct tape boots, stall rest... no fun!

Like your barn worker said, they bang themselves up all the time. Casper'll be back to normal in no time, I bet.
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If you can hose the area out with cold water it would help keep it clean and take down swelling. If it's not feasible, then just keep an eye on it. I wouldn't wrap it because of covering the small nick, you don't want to provide an environment where germs can grow.

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Just keep an eye. Honestly, I'm more in the boat that prefers not to wrap a horse (unless 100% necessary). If it were my horse, and unfortunatly I have been in this boat multiple times but what can ya do really, I''d personally cold hose, bute if fairly swollen. If I had any doubts about what caused the injury, or had a "gut feeling" it wasn't just a small nick, I'd call the vet just to be on the safe side. But 9/10 times cold hose and bute if needed, and keep a close eye.
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Thanks all. You made me feel better! It was a little better today. Still swollen, but he didn't seem to favorite it at all.
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This happened to my boy... I just did cold hosing for 20 minutes (on for 5, off for 1). I gave him the first day off, then next day just hand walked him and by the third day, heat and swelling was gone and he was good to go!
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Aw... sorry to hear about this! But glad to hear the swelling's gone down. Seems horses go out of their way to hurt themselves sometimes! But this doesn't sound too serious, luckily!
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I wouldn't worry about it too much, unless he starts limping. When turned out in their big pasture, our two dominant mares would occasionally kick eachother and leave gashes on eachothers quarters, and on one occasion one of our mares had a nasty gash on her hock that was swollen and had her limping for a week (we try separating these mares, but they run around wailing in their separate pens until they are reunited). We immediately took her to the vet, who gave her an anti-inflamatory and cleaned the wound. He didn't recommend wrapping it because of where it was on the body, but recommended keeping the wound clean and flies away.

If it starts looking infected or if he begins limping badly, I would definitely contact your vet.
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