Horse Wound Remedies

| Modified: Sep 14, 2017
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In the course of work and play, horses are prone to wounds from all sorts of causes. Wire and wooden fencing, other animals, saddles, rocks, and other environmental components can cause puncture wounds, lacerations, open sores, and deep cuts. Often, these are on the legs where the bones increase the possibility of damage.

Every horse owner should be ready with proper wound care materials to provide immediate and long-term care for wounds to heal quickly and properly, reducing the chance of infection and secondary injury thereby. You'll need cleaning agents, gauze to stop bleeding, bandages, some medical tape, and iodine or betadine for a start.

Natural Cures: Saline solution should be handy in order to clean out wounds initially. Later on, apple cider vinegar can be a natural antibiotic, helping to keep open wounds clean and free from infection.

Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Katiepune (Pune, Maharashtra, India) on 10/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Charcoal for local application

My horse hurt himself on his coronet, i.e the portion between his hoof and leg. After the usual applications of betedine etc., we applied powdered charcoal and his lameness disappeared within hours. I read this in John Dinsley's book, which I recommend to everyone as it contains a wealth of info on the various remedies of charcoal.

Castor Oil

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Posted by Kathy (Brisbane, Qld Australia) on 11/20/2011
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Have been using castor oil on serious wounds on horses for over 12 years, we are talking wounds where you can put your whole fist into, horses that vets have suggested be put down immediatly due to stripped tendons. We had one horse who staked herself on a metal star picket and since she was in a paddock of 1280 acres we hadn't seen her for a couple of days the wound was not able to be stitched. Vet recommended put the horse down. But as she was walking and eating and drinking normally we thought we would give it a go with the castor oil, we poured the castor oil into it and wrapped it up, making sure it was clean first. Put it on everyday for 5 days then every 2nd day for another week then every 3rd day without bandages for 2 weeks, it healed without a scar and the vet was amazed. Since then have used it for every wound with success everytime, keeps flies off too, but does go yucky for the first 3 days and you question your self every time, but it has never let me down yet and minimal scarring everytime. it heats up and the beautiful thing is that I don't have to touch the wound which makes it great when you have unhandled horses and cuts on their back legs, just pour it in the wound and get out of the way.

Replied by Charlotte

What if the horse tried to lick the wound with Castor Oil? Would it harm the horse?

Heal Horse Wounds

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Posted by Jennifer (Springtown, TX) on 09/11/2006
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I need help with a wound on my horses front leg, just above the knee. Wound was sutured but previous owner removed pressure wrap and sutures busted out and the owner just left it to rot. I have gotten rid of all the proud flesh, and have gone from the size of a cantalope to a small hole about the size of dime, but it is a hole all the way thru the skin. Vet tried to cast so that it would heal and that was a complete disaster! I am treating it with an Equi Stim machine (micro current) with great results, just need that last little bit that is so hard to get!! Thanks in advance for your help! Oh, I am spraying the wound with calendula oil mixed with distilled water.

Replied by Stacia
(Okeechobee, Fl)

Jennifer from Springtown, TX might want to try honey on the horses open wound. Helps keep infections at bay.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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Jennifer: Try some aspirin to dissolve scar tissue. Some comfrey to help the last small healing. If infection, just use Apple Cider vinegar to kill it off.

Replied by Hawkster
(Santa Fe, Nm)


My horse cut his heel bulb in 3 places. I read on this site to use activated charcoal poultice, and this did draw out the infection (thank you). 2 of the deep cuts heeled, except now the cut that is on his heel bulb has soft, spongy proud flesh growing on top of it (underneath, deep cut is healed). On the surface, it looks like a pink, fleshy, spongy, circle of tissue (no puss), and it just won't heal! I have tried Calendula Oil and other natural salves, and nothing seems to work. Also tried kerosene/mineral oil, and this did not work. A buyer is coming to ride him for the 2nd time (serious buyer) on Monday, and I now have today and tomorrow only to get this to heal better. I have been working on this wound for a month. He is still slightly lame at the trot from this one, single, fleshy sore. Just applied Aspirin powder w/bandage to try to get it to reduce inflammation and absorb fleshy, proud flesh. What should I try next??? Each time I try to leave it exposed to the air, a scab/scar tissue forms, and then I have to start all over again. PLEASE HELP! I don't have much time before Sunday (2 days). Someone told me about Dragon's Blood herb. It's supposed to heal wounds. Any advice you could give me ASAP would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Replied by Dmg
(Philadelphia, Pa Usa)

I have read elsewhere that Nu Stock ointment is very very good for wounds, especially abscesses, that will not heal. People are showing photos. Also I have read that it helps clear mange on dogs and cats (although it has the possibility of causing indigestion in cats) I haven't tried it myself (yet), as I'm still trying to figure out if my cat has mange but I read it on so many sites I wanted to pass it on here.

Replied by Linda
(Conneautville, Pa)

The best remedy for proud flesh I have found is Preparation H!

I had a pony that got caught in high tensile fence and ended up taking almost all the hide off 3 legs from the knee down. One leg was all the way down to the bone. There was nothing for the vet to suture, so I was left with just keeping them clean and wrapped. I washed his legs every day with an antimicrobial scrub and packed them with furozone & rewrapped until there was tissue covering the bone again. Proud flesh started to grow and I had the vet out to have it debrided. After that, I switched to packing with Prep H. The people at Walmart must have thought I had a real problem because I would go in and buy 3 or 4 GIANT tubes at a time! (I used the store brand) I used it just as you would use any salve, but kept a close eye on it for infection. It never got infected and as it healed I eventually washed it and changed the dressing every 2 days, then every 3. When it was all said and done, there was no proud flesh what-so-ever, and all the hair came back in a normal color. There was just one small scar on his fetlock that never regrew the hair, but it was so small it was hardly noticeable. This remedy was a Godsend, and saved me hundred if not thousands in vet bills since I didn't have to have it debrided every week or so. It also left the pony almost completely scar free, which was the best part!

Needless to say, I no longer have high tensile fence! But there is definetly a tube of Preparation H in my horse first aid kit!

Replied by Lynn
(Braselton, United States)

How do you get rid of proud flesh?

Replied by Xanadu1jw
(Memphis, Tn)

I thought this would work so I researched it and there are lots of links on the subject of "honey wound horse" and this is the first one I looked up and felt it would answer the question. I saw posted on your site by a young woman about her horse:

Mineral Oil, Kerosene

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Posted by Ashley (Monroe, Ut) on 01/14/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Horse wounds

A mixture of mineral oil and kerosene aids in the healing on virtually any wound on a horse. Just mix 50% mineral oil and 50% kerosene (you can buy it in the paint department at a hardware store). You spray it generously on the wound 2 times per day until the skin closes and heals. It's CHEAP and it kills infection and bacteria.

We had a mare who was caught in the barbed wire and ripped her entire chest open so far it was hanging to her knees. The vet stitched it up and said there will be a huge scar. All we did to take care of it was spray kerosene/mineral oil on it and to this day...3 years later...there is no scar. You wouldn't believe that it had ever happend to her.

This spring, her foal got in the barbed wire (talk about bad luck) and sliced up the side of her neck very deep. The only thing we did was spray it twice per day and it healed up perfectly.

We also just bought a mare that had a hard growth on her back leg from a barbed wire accident from years ago (it looks kind of like a branch growing out of her leg). The previous owner clips it off with the nippers and it just grows back. The vet didn't know what else to do to get rid of it. When we got her, we nipped it off and then sprayed the mixture on it and it hasn't grown back since.

This stuff is AWESOME.

My husband's family has been using this mixture for generations, and this is ALL we use for anything that happens to the horses. The kerosene kills bacteria and prevents proud flesh, while the mineral oil keeps the skin soft and supple to avoid cracking and drying. The kerosene keeps the flies off of the wound. The only drawback to this mixture is that wherever the spray hits, it kills the hair along with the bacteria. The hair will grow back just fine, but until it's healed up, the hair will be gone. This actually helps by keeping the hair off of the wound for easy inspection and keeps the hair from matting to the wound.

We just pour the mixture in a spray bottle and keep it on hand so it's always ready to go.

Replied by Stacey
(Rifle, Co)

When using it on proud flesh, should I keep it covered or just spray it twice a day and leave it uncovered? Thanks.

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

I don't know about the kerosene, but on my horses I would keep it covered but change it every day. That way you are keeping an eye on things.

Yellow Paste

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Posted by Colette (Lancashire) on 09/13/2017
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Hi, I bought some magic yellow paste it arrived in a tupaware tub I was told 100% natural. I bought to use on horse wounds cuts N grazes. I've used on sweetitch. Over 2 days so far and results amazing. I need want more but can't find please help.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Colette, Off the top of my head, you might be talking about Fura-Zone [ Nitrofurazone] which is yellow in color and treats many things including infections like rain rot. It is commonly available at most farm and fleet type stores.