Like any animal, horses sometimes experience wounds, whether brought on by other horses, insects or some other injury. If you see your horse is wounded and it’s a situation that you can handle without veterinary intervention, try the following home remedies to help treat and heal the wound.
Try not to apply dry powders to fresh wounds, as that interferes with granulation (an essential process to the wound closing and healing). Clean any puncture wound with hydrogen peroxide at the right concentration.
Depending on the wound, there could be a tetanus risk, even if your horse has received immunization. Check with your veterinarian to see whether he thinks your horse should receive a booster.
After initial cleansing and flushing of the wound, herbal plant comfrey acts as a cell proliferant and speeds horse wound healing via allantoin from the mucous plant. Depending on the severity of the wound, you should see little or no scarring after using comfrey. To treat your horse‘s wound, warm oil (preferably cold-processed) and mix it with powdered comfrey root, which has a higher quantity of allantoin than comfrey leaves. Apply the mix with a small paintbrush to any spot lacking hair as result of the wound. You should see new hair growth on your horse’s wound in less than one week.
Sugar and Other Remedies
For a blister or scrape, mix sugar water with aloe (from the plant), make a poultice and wrap in place over your horse’s wound. To change the wound’s pH and create a non-bacteria-friendly environment, apply plain white sugar. Sugar fights the infection–clearing out necrotic flesh–and promotes healing. For scrapes and burns, mix sugar and iodine (to fight the infection) into a paste and apply.
Other home remedies to apply to your horse’s wound include preparation H (which helps reduce proud flesh and encourages hair growth on wounds); moistened meat tenderizer (as a paste, it helps ease stings from bug bites and stinging nettles); and turpentine (for a sore that will not heal, put some on a white cloth and wrap around the wound).
You can try an all-natural product to help your horse’s wound. Dy’s Liquid Bandage contains herbs in an olive oil and beeswax formula, the latter which covers the wound with a waterproof barrier. Medicinal herbs and olive oil absorb into your horse’s skin and treat the wound from the inside to the outside, while the beeswax barrier repels flies and lets air penetrate and help heal the wound. Conduct an online search for any equine site that may offer the product at an affordable price.
If your horse’s wound closes but then reopens on its own, the internal blood cleansing process probably has not cleared out all the toxins it was trying to drain. Use castor oil (which you can get at any pharmacy) to assist the drainage. Mix the castor oil to a paste with some plain flour and apply as a poultice. Bandage the wound and leave on. You also can dab the oil on the drain hole or syringe it slightly into the drain’s entrance. Reapply one time daily.
Castor oil will clear anything close to the surface, but not the blood itself. To help cleanse your horse’s blood and internal system, soak fresh cloves of garlic in molasses and feed the mix to your horse. You also may need to incorporate a blood cleanser, to clear the wound of infection. Using castor oil, garlic molasses and rosehip tea will boost your horse’s elimination and immune systems and help rid his body remove toxins that cause infection and inflammation.