Heel bulb laceration

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Teal, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Teal

    Teal Well-known Member


    My horse has given herself a laceration to her heel bulb, probably from over reaching whilst hooning around. She's now got a quite thick open 'pocket' (if you can picture it) She's not lame and there is no heat, it doesn't seem to be bothering her at all, it doesnt look like much, very mild as it is not too deep, the cut goes downwards rather than in if that makes sense however I am a bit concerned about how to treat it. With the weather at the moment it is going to be constantly wet and paddocks have patches of thick mud. I have just been flushing it out with saline and betadine for the past two days since she did it, and put bell boots on in the paddock to protect it a bit but this obviously won't protect it from the environment. I am worried about it being basically submerged in wet mud for most of the day - not the best environment for healing up.

    How should I treat this? Put anything else specific on it to aid healing? Put one of those hoof treatment/soaking boots (which I can pick up tomorrow if necessary) on to keep clean and dry?

    Any advice appreciated, thank you in advance.
  2. samm

    samm Gold Member

    Teal it sounds like you're doing everything right.Just one thing is the horses tetanus status up to date?If not a tetanus antitoxin wouldn't hurt.

    Possibly if you can get a pic for us it would help as it's very hard to make suggestions without seeing it.
    Obviously any discharge ,swelling ,heat etc then you will probably need to put the horse onto antibiotics which will require vet.If all's good though just keep as clean as you can and let it heal.
    Good Luck.
  3. Teal

    Teal Well-known Member

    Her tetanus/strangles booster is due in August, should I give it a bit early?
    There's no discharge or anything remotely bad about this cut, it's basically just a flap, although quite thick, but I am just concerned about it being able to heal when it is wet and dirty all time, wasn't sure if there was anything specific I could use/do to help it heal more quickly.

    I will just keep cleaning it every day and see how it goes :)
  4. Claireb

    Claireb Well-known Member


    My QH did something similar, I used a clay which I normally use to treat severe frog infections as it sticks well and gives a barrier.

    Try sudocream as this gives a good barrier.

  5. Teal

    Teal Well-known Member

    So just clean, put a thick coat of the cream on and leave it open (under bell boots)?

    I was thinking possibly White Healer cream as this can dry quite hard from memory (I haven't used this for a while), is that appropriate?

    If not will grab some of this sudocream (from the chemist right? - a human medication?)

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