Tuesday evening I am out feeding the horses and sure enough notice on my big beauty, Bunny, a cut on the back of her front left pastern...
I know that horses get into trouble and you just don't know how they seem to get these booboo's, but I sure hate to find them. I cleaned it and sprayed it with bacetracine. It didn't look too bad after it was clean of the perpetual mud we have been having around here.
Then Thursday morning I go out to feed and I see that Bunny has fresh blood on her nose...
Bunny lets me rub all over her nose as I look for any signs of a scratch and there is nothing, no puncture, nothing on her nose.
I move around to check her leg thinking maybe she has irritated her scratch on her pastern and oh my gosh.... she has another huge scrape. She has a hunk of skin scraped off just below the first scratch... I hose it off and check to see how deep it is and spray it galore with Bacetracine (Bactine). She doesn't seem to be babying it in the least, she walks around like nothing happened. I know the flies have a field day on it though.
Then I go about looking everywhere to see if there is skin on any of the parts of the stall, where the panels join, where the gate is connected and don't find any signs of where she could have done this. I just can't figure it out.
So.. questions for you all:
How is it easiest and best to clean it?
(I am using just the hose with as much pressure as she will allow me to use.)
What do you use on wounds like this?
Do you leave it open or cover it?
Do you let it scab over or keep scraping away all the scabbing to keep it from forming scar tissue?
Do you put fly spray on it?
(I am scared that the fly spray may irritate it)
If you have any other recommendations or suggestions.. please do not hesitate to let me know. I have heard many things and want some opinions because it has been a while since my Bunny has had a scrape this bad. Thank you all for your input!