When you find your horse with a large, bleeding wound, summon help and then take steps to lay the groundwork for healing.
Large laceration: When you find your horse with a large, bleeding wound, summon help and then take steps to lay the groundwork for healing.
If there’s a single protruding nail in a pasture fence, some member of the herd always seems to find it. It can be alarming when your horse shows up bleeding at the gate, but keep in mind that many of the largest wounds will heal without complications---if managed properly from the beginning.
Call your veterinarian right away for any wound you’re not comfortable handling on your own. In addition to making a thorough assessment of the wound--in particular determining whether critical structures are affected---a veterinarian will decide whether stitches are needed and may remove dead or damaged tissue to aid the healing process.