Wound Care for Horses

Wound care for horses is essential knowledge for every horse owner. Learn the basics, be prepared in the event your horse is injured.

Horse Injuries

If your horse is bleeding profusely, direct pressure should be applied as a means of reducing the bleeding. If the injury is on a leg, use a pressure bandage or a disposable diaper. If the pad becomes soaked, don’t remove it, add another one. Wait until the vet gets there or gives you instructions.

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Puncture Wounds:

  • Do not remove an object that has punctured your horse, you may cause further damage or make it bleed more. As with all horse injuries, call your Vet. Puncture wounds may be more severe than they appear. They can easily become infected and can cause tetanus (lockjaw). Watch for pain and swelling within the first 24 to 72 hours after the accident.

Open Wounds:

  • If your horse can’t receive medical attention for several hours, ask your vet for instructions. He will usually have you flush the wound out with clean water and bandage it. He may, or may not, recommend using an antibacterial cream such as Neosporin, which is often used on wound care for horses.

Minor Cuts:

  • Thoroughly clean the wound and apply an antiseptic spray or salve.

Treat a deep cut the same as you would an open wound. Follow your Veterinarians instructions. Many vets prefer that you don’t medicate the wound until they have the opportunity to inspect it. 

Keep Your Foal and Yearling Safe With a Horse Halter that Grows With Them 

In our experience with breeding Thoroughbreds for over 50 years, we feel that keeping a horse halter on your foal or yearling is a safety issue and helps avoid many horse injuries.

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In the case of an emergency, you may not have time to chase that foal down and put on a halter. And what if the halter you grabbed from the variety in the tack room doesn’t fit? 

Here at Mares’ Nest, we designed a horse halter that grows with your foal. 

It has 5 points where you can custom size the halter to your foal—and you can adjust the halter as the foal grows, without having to remove it.

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They are made of quality leather and sturdy plated buckles. 

Using leather instead of the nylon halters is another safety feature. 

If that inquisitive yearling or foal gets himself caught on something, the leather will generally break before the foal can injure itself while thrashing to break free.

Order this safe halter now for your foal.


More Information About Raising Healthy Foals

First aid for foals

About tail chewing

Wound care - essential information to know

Common foal problems

Foal diarrhea and what you can do


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