POP QUIZ

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

pull tis­sues apart in small ar­eas, which close back up al­most im­me­di­ately. Bac­te­ria thrive in these types of wounds, which means se­ri­ous in­fec­tions can de­velop.

If you’ve deter­mined the bite marks are just su­per­fi­cial, they don’t re­quire much at­ten­tion aside from a quick clean­ing and per­haps a pro­tec­tive layer of oint­ment. There may be some bruis­ing associated with the wounds but usu­ally not enough call for ice or other ther­apy.

Sus­pected punc­ture wounds, no mat­ter how small, are best ex­am­ined by a vet­eri­nar­ian who can give you guid­ance on clean­ing tech­niques that will keep in­fec­tion at bay with­out in­ter­fer­ing with heal­ing. Of course, ob­vi­ous lame­ness, large wounds or other signs of phys­i­cal dis­tress are also cause for a call to your vet­eri­nar­ian.

You’ll also want to give each horse an­other in­spec­tion the day after the fight. That’s when swelling or d. Each of these can be an in­di­ca­tion of weak­ness and/or in­co­or­di­na­tion in a horse and each is typ­i­cally tested dur­ing a vet­eri­nary neu­ro­logic exam. sore­ness can arise from an in­jury you missed or mis­tak­enly de­cided was mi­nor. Con­sult with your vet­eri­nar­ian be­fore us­ing bute or other med­i­ca­tions to man­age such de­vel­op­ments.

Fi­nally, con­sider what changes you can make in your herd dy­nam­ics to min­i­mize the chance of re­cur­ring al­ter­ca­tions. Adding or re­mov­ing just one horse can af­fect all the re­la­tion­ships in a herd, and some­times the sit­u­a­tion never set­tles back down. Re­lo­cat­ing a bully or a per­pet­ual vic­tim might not be lo­gis­ti­cally easy, but safety and har­mony in your pas­ture is worth the ef­fort.

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