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Rachel
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Username: Rach

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2004
Posted on Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 - 8:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My horse was kept at a boarding facility for the last few months. Recently she was moved into a pen which was unsafe. It has a metal piping fence. One of the rails is broken and has jagged edges. My horse ended up with some hair rubbed off in spots and ripped two of her blankets on the pipe. I repeadedly complained to the barn manager, but it was never repaired. Due to this and other concerns and issues with the barn management, I got fed up and went to pick her up today. Today I found another scrape on her haunches and a big chunk of hair missing from her tail - down to the skin and there's a small cut on her tail bone as well. This latest injury happened within the last 24 hours. How do I treat this and will her hair grow back? I live in a cold climate where it's regularly below freezing - does that impact how I should treat this?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 10124
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 - 8:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Without examining the cut rachel we cannot give specific advice nor can I tell you if it will leave a hairless scar. This depends on the depth and size of the wound. We have articles that will teach you how to assess wounds and their first aid at Equine Diseases Skin Diseases Wounds: First Aid Care . The temperature difference does not effect the recommendations though it does make regular care harder.
DrO
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