These small wounds may not look too serious but any or all of them may involve an important synovial structure =(a joint or tendon sheath), and could be life changing for your horse if not dealt with appropriately — the main concern when considering incisions or any other minor wound — is location.
When to call the vet?
- If in any doubt, call the vet. It will not necessarily result in a visit, but the vet can advise you best on what sort of treatment and management is necessary. You can always send a photograph.
- The wound is large or appears to go deeper than the skin.
- The wound is bleeding heavily.
- The wound is over/near a joint, tendon or eyes.
- The wound is very dirty or appears to have something foreign in it e.g. a piece of wood.
- The horse is very lame.
- The horse is not up to date with tetanus vaccinations.