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Horse Wound Care Tips

Learn how to treat an open wound on a horse and watch for signs of shock.

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Cuts and wounds will inevitably happen to your horse. Learning how to treat an open wound on a horse or knowing when to escalate to professional help is essential knowledge every horse owner should be privy to. 

Heed these horse wound care tips to keep your horse’s health and well-being a top priority.

Be Prepared

  • Consult your veterinarian. Every horse should have an annual exam, and this is the ideal time to ask your veterinarian about how to handle emergency wound care.
  • Bring up potential problems. Ask questions like how to stop bleeding or how to bandage a wound. That way, if the situation ever arises, you’ll be prepared, and preparation helps prevent panic.
  • Learn basic first aid. Wounds require immediate attention and serious wounds should be treated by a veterinarian.

Signs of Toxic Shock in Horses

A horse in shock requires immediate veterinary attention. The following signs indicate a horse is going into - or is already in - shock:

  • Horse may act “spacey,” weak and/or wobbly
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weak pulse
  • Gums are dramatically pale and tacky
  • When thumb is pressed against gums, they don’t ‘pink up’ for three seconds or longer, or at all
  • Ears and lower legs are cold to the touch

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