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Abrasion or Scrape, Anywhere on Body

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Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

  • If there seems to be pain, swelling or lameness.

Code Green - Contact Your Vet to Obtain Useful Advice & Resources

  • If you are convinced that the injury is minor and you notice no lameness or other problem.

Superficial abrasions or scrapes only involve the loss of hair and top layers of the skin. They do not involve bone, muscles or organs. Generally, these injuries heal well within a few weeks, but it depends on the area affected. How long hair takes to return to a site of injury also depends on the location, the depth of the scrape and other factors.

Keep in mind that mysterious abrasions can also be a sign of underlying conditions. For example, horses that have experienced an episode of abdominal pain (colic), can be covered in scrapes as a result of rolling or getting up and down.

Abrasions or scrapes may just be the “tip of the iceberg.” They can be the visible surface feature of a much worse injury. Scrapes of the lower limbs should be carefully evaluated because important anatomical structures lie just below the surface of the skin.

WHAT TO DO

Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), paying particular attention to the location of the injury and whether it is accompanied by lameness at the walk and trot. Take note of the degree of swelling and pain in an area.

When in doubt about the severity of any injury, contact your vet with your findings and concerns. In cases of significant swelling, lameness, or other signs of illness or abnormalities, your vet may want to examine your horse.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet considers the anatomy in an area of injury to determine the depth and significance of the injury.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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