Preventing and treating wounds to horses and ponies

ArticleHow To - HealthWednesday 21 July 2010

If you own a horse then sometimes you may have to know how to act when certain situations occur. Horses and ponies are very capable of falling victim to any number of cuts and scrapes through no fault of yours or theirs. And, if this situation arises, you will want to know just how to deal with it. 

A horse injury is bound to happen from time to time for any number of reasons, and knowing how to treat it could be just the thing to save your equine friend from further health problems. It is not unusual to be lumbered with an accident prone horse so it is always a good idea to know how to care for equine wounds. This article will give you some information on how to treat horse wounds. 
Prevention of equine wounds
The most important thing you can do for your horse is making sure that it is protected against tetanus. The cost of a tetanus vaccine is very low and it could literally mean the difference between life and death. All new horses for sale will need other particular vaccinations to make sure they are protected against potentially fatal illnesses and diseases
Treating a wound
Horses and ponies that have minor cuts and scrapes can easily be treated by you at your yard or stables. Start by clipping away the surrounding hair at the horse injury wound site. Then, clean the cut with correctly mixed up diluted antiseptic solution. After this, apply a wound gel.
If the horse is particularly muddy or dirty when the cut occurred, you must make sure that the entire area is thoroughly cleaned before treating it.  Use cold water to do this with a syringe or with a weak stream from a hose – it is important not to blast at the wound with a strong jet of water. 
When to contact the vet
Not all wounds will necessarily require a vet’s treatment. You should call your vet if the cut is deep enough to warrant stitching. In this instance there is not much you can do, so it is up to the professionals to sort it out. You should act as quickly as possible though because the longer the wound stays open and untreated, the higher the chance it has to become infected and potentially lead to long-term health problems. 
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