ADDITIONAL PREVENTIVE MEASURES: TETANUS
• Watch for puncture wounds. Deep wounds that close over, trapping dirt and bacteria under the skin, are perfect incubators for tetanus. Inspect wounds carefully to determine how deep they go, and call your veterinarian if you’re unsure. Be especially attentive to wounds on the hooves and lower legs, which are more likely to be exposed to manure and dirt.
• Clean all wounds. The bacteria that cause tetanus can take hold even in small wounds. Cleanse and disinfect any wound you find on your horse. A quick rinse with a topical antiseptic will suffice for most minor wounds.
• Clear up clutter. Be vigilant about cleaning up broken glass, loose nails, abandoned farm tools, barbed wire and other debris that can injure horses.