Horses are fight-or-flight animals notorious for injuring themselves. There are many types of wounds–from abrasions and bruises to puncture wounds and lacerations. Proper care as soon as possible after the wound occurs can often make a difference in how swiftly or completely it heals, and whether it becomes career-ending or life-threatening.
David Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia, says wounds are usually categorized by site–whether they are on the head, body, or lower limbs–since these affect the horse in different ways and must be treated differently. So, let’s take an anatomic stroll through various types of wounds and what can be done by owner and veterinarian to take the best possible care of the injured horse.
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