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Bed Sores Galore

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  • chorse37 Original Poster chorse37
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    My gelding loves to lay down- in his stall, in turnout, up on folded legs and flat out asleep. This is normal for him so I don’t suspect a bellyache or other medical issue. In the past he’s gotten small rubs on his hocks and callouses on his elbows from the constant up and down but this spring it is much worse. We moved from Colorado to South Texas this year so I think the heat and humidity might be to blame but I don’t know for sure. His hock got so bad that he would have blood oozing down his leg so I bought him Hock Shields for his hocks and fetlocks. They stay on pretty well and are helping heal those sores but now he is developing a big balding spot and scrapes on his flank where he lays and his elbow callous is getting pink and tender.

    Does anyone else have these same issues? Are there any ointments or medications that could help heal then prevent rubs and callouses in those areas? In the picture of his flank I had just applied a ton of Corona, which seems to help moisturize and prevent infection but not much else.

    His skin and coat are otherwise fabulous and he is happy and healthy on SmartCombo Ultra and SmartBug-off. His stall has mats and shavings but his turnout is hard dirt.

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    Rhinestone Cowgirl Rhinestone Cowgirl
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    Poor guy, bless his heart! Not sure if I have any feasible suggestions, but I definitely feel your pain! At the previous barn where I kept my mare and senior gelding, I had the same issue with my gelding. We’re in North Texas and there was little grass and a lot of rock hard clay ground and I couldn’t do much other than use Corona on his hock sores, like you. We ended up moving (to more grass) and that was the resolution to the problem. You could try using a light turnout sheet to protect his flanks but I suspect being in South Texas it may be too warm to use year round and even then it may not protect his elbows or hocks. I don’t know if it’s feasible in your situation, but if he has a favorite resting spot you could try making it more forgiving by tilling it up and topping with sand. While my gelding is usually now on grass 24/7, he occasionally loves laying in the sand in the arena and that is much easier on his skin. Perhaps someone with experience in dry lots will have some insight. Best of luck!

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    NinaJD NinaJD
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    my gelding was getting marks similar on his hocks when we boarded at a different facility.(where he was mostly on hard ground) now that we are on grass more he doesn’t get them. For his elbows I put skin so soft on them. I think they were just more dry then rubbed.
    This could be the reason why he’s getting marks. does he always lay in the same spot? is it possible to put some bedding down?

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    val
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    I live in Southern California and we have stalls with bedding and turnouts with sand. If the sand gets low, the horses start to get sores. Keeping the sand at about 4 inches thick helps keep sores off the horses although the older heavier ones still get hock sores. The sand needs to be added to about twice a year to keep it thick enough. Could you get sand added to his turnout?
    I have found that fly boots help some with the front legs, moleskin can help heal a hock sore, but needs to be changed daily.

    carol_walley
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    My horse also enjoys a good nap and has developed the elbow calluses, now he wears a donut looking thing called a shoe boil ring. (doesn’t mind it a bit). It is hard rubber, he’worn it over a year and the callus has shrunk a lot. Good luck. Smart pak has them!

    mcoyle99
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    I may have a solution worth a try. I would find the best sore or rub cream or ointment you have and pit it on the sores before you turn him out. Then lay a large piece of cotton over the rub. I would finish off with a good top of vetwrap (not too tight). This will help keep the dirt and bacteria from the field out of the rubs to help keep them from getting infected but also help them heal with the extra cushion from the cotton. I would defiantly give it a try for the areas you can wrap well without them slipping. Hope this helped!

    holly_epperson
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    My horse gets them as well unless his bedding is really deep and cushy in his stall.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Can you change bedding? I would put at least one, possibly two, bales of straw in his stall. How is his pasture? If it is sparse, give him a round bale of hay, so perhaps he will stay awake to eat (my boy will forego sleep any time if there is food somewhere).

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    Girly3323
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    I don’t have any advice to offer, but I was glad to hear this issuer brought up. My gelding does the same thing. I hadn’t thought about checking for “bed-sores.” I bought him last December, and gave him the winter off. I’m about to start riding again, so I’ll check for possible issues. Does anyone know why a horse likes to lie down so much? Thankfully mine will only lay in very comfy places (like a leftover round bale). So far at least…

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Horses like to lie down for the same reason any other animal (or person) does – it is more comfortable. They can sleep standing, but why stand if there is room to lie down?

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    Tamme Tamme
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    My Arab loves to lie down in the morning after breakfast in his stall . . . not in the pasture. When he was in his stall at night, he also would lie down. The owner of our barn has an older QH gelding that has developed a sore stifle. He now is found lying down in his stall and in the pasture. Have you had you guy check for any soreness? It’s worth a try.

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