Cold hosing a wound

Cold hosing a wound

Cold hosing is a great way to clean a wound, reduce inflammation and reduce pain. The proper way to cold hose is to direct a light flow of water above the wound.

Last week I returned from a ride, looked over at Charlie standing in the field, and realized that he had an injury. The kind of injury that looks like it needs stitches.  A quick iPhone photo sent to the vet confirmed it. As the she said, if the cut looks like it will talk to you, it should be stitched up.

While waiting for the vet to arrive, she wanted it to be cold hosed. Hydrotherapy is good for several reasons: it helps clean the wound, it reduces swelling and it can reduce pain. Charlie didn’t seem to be in any pain, which was good. He seemed quite content to stand still on the hot, humid day and let cold water run down his leg.

We’re not sure how Charlie got hurt. The horses were all out together in the morning and I heard that there was a bit of posturing and kicking at each other. I guess that Charlie interrupted Zelda and Curly during their mutual grooming session. I just hope it wasn’t Zelda who did it.

Charlie got three stitches

Charlie got three stitches. The area is silver because it was sprayed with Alu-Spray to protect it.

The vet came about half an hour later and put in three stitches. Charlie should be just fine. A few days of light riding and he will be good as new. In the meantime, to keep the wound clean and fly-free, it gets a coating a Alu-Spray (one of my favorite products)




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Blog Carnival of HorsesOn August 4th, Equine Ink will host the August 2014 Blog Carnival of Horses. You can submit your blog post here.

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Great way to transport your saddle

I really like this new Saddle Caddie  from Braly Woodworking. I’m lucky enough to have a dressing room in my trailer but there are times when I just want to throw a saddle in the car and go.

This offers a simple, elegant solution that folds down flat when it’s not in use.  The new Saddle Caddies will ship in October but you need to get your order in now! It costs $120.

And no, I wasn’t asked to highlight this product. I just think it’s cool. You all know how much I love saddles.

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The color of summer

Freedom's coat

Freedom’s coat in the summer is the color of a newly minted copper penny. It’s so bright you practically need shades!

Unlike Zelda, whose black coat fades out during the summer, Freedom seems to absorb the sunlight and store it in his coat. He gleams. He exudes the golden light of high summer. And it’s not because I spend a lot of time grooming him. Mr. “Don’t Touch Me” wouldn’t stand for that. I’m lucky if I can run a soft brush over him before he gets too antsy. I’m sure the flax seed helps, too.

Chestnut horses are truly horses of the sun and summer!

The Benefits of Beta Biothane

Two Horse Tack

Zelda models her Beta Biothane bridle from Yes, I know here throat latch is on upside down!

Last year, shortly after Zelda came to my barn, she broke my Micklem bridle. She did it while I was tacking her up by deciding to leave. She was slow and deliberate. She knew I couldn’t stop her (she’s large) and she kept going, stepped on the reins and the stitching broke.

The bridle was fixable, but at that moment I decided that she wasn’t going to get another expensive leather bridle until she learned some manners. I found a nice looking Beta Biothane bridle from and bought it. I had no idea how much I would like it!

Let’s see, let me count the ways that I have come to appreciate the benefits of a high quality synthetic bridle — because these are very nicely made, indeed. They really changed my mind about using synthetic tack.

  1. It isn’t expensive. Zelda’s bridle was about $40 including shipping (it did not include reins). In fact, it’s such a good deal that I bought two more. Here’s a link to the bridle that they both wearing.
    Freedom in his Biothane Bridle

    Freedom modeling his Beta Biothane Bridle from Two Horse Tack.

    bridles, one for Freedom and one for Zelda. I keep them in my tack trunk in my trailer. I love having a spare that doesn’t break the bank and I know that sooner or later, having that spare will mean the difference between riding and not riding when I’ve shipped out somewhere.

  2. It isn’t cheap. This is a nicely made bridle that just happens to not be leather and which isn’t expensive. My horses look quite fine in their Two Horse Tack bridles. I’ve had a Wintec bridle in the past as a spare, but I like this one better. The material is softer and more supple — even after a year there are no cracks.
  3. The Beta Biothane is strong — but the buckles provide a “breaking point” to make it safe.
  4. They have buckle ends which I vastly prefer. They make it so much easier to swap out bits.
  5. Cleaning it is SO easy. Just dump it in a bucket of water while you’re cleaning the bit. I am lazy so this is a great benefit, especially in the summer when the horses come back sweaty and their tack is grimy. I no longer feel guilty about abusing my bridle and it always looks new.
  6. It doesn’t get dried out, brittle or moldy so it is carefree piece of tack. My tackroom tends to get damp in the summer or too dry when I use a humidifier so my leather tack requires a lot of care even when I’m not using it. Zelda’s bridle is more than a year old now and it looks brand new.

I’m considering getting some of the more flashy options for the future. Zelda, in particular, would look might nice with some bright colors or some bling! I’m looking forward to trying some of their other products and am sorry that I now longer have a horse that goes bitless because their sidepull bridles look very nice.