Thank you to everyone who has so far sent us details of their horses’ injuries. Over the next few months we will continue to share the cases we receive (where permission is confirmed) and follow the horses’ recovery.
This pony was found with a wound across its withers. As you can see from the photo the wound is a fairly ‘neat’ slice which is believed to have been caused by wire fencing in the field. The wound is fairly deep, so the owner decided to call their vet.
Upon veterinary inspection, the vet decided the best cause of action was to suture* the wound. As you can see from the photo the area surrounding the wound has been clipped to ensure no stray hair ends up inside the wound which could lead to infection.
* Suture means a stitch or row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision.
We’ll keep you updated once we receive the final report on how well this wound has healed.
What would you have done?
If you found your horse had sustained this wound would you have called the vet? Would you clean it or put any topical applications on it? With our wound project we’re hoping to produce wound information that is evidence based to help owners make informed decisions when dealing with wounds. This is why your participation is vital to help us improve the welfare of horses.