Two weeks ago, Bodhi gashed his side on something… actually, 2 somethings… and I have yet to figure out what did this.  I suspect two nails in a fenceboard but I cannot find it for the life of me.

To read the original story of his wound and the vet visit/suturing, click here.

Bodhi's initial wound, after the vet had cleaned, debrided and stitched.

Bodhi’s initial wound, after the vet had cleaned, debrided and stitched.


Bodhi is healing…

Since the stitches all split open after the third day, I’ve been rinsing his wound daily and applying The Balm!  (EquiSpa product that I love – no affiliation).

I find that The Balm soothes the itch/pain (he likes it when I slather it on there…) and also keeps the flies away.

I schmear it on top of the wound and directly into the wound.

When I put it on top of the wound, his body heat melts the cream and it drips into his wound, keeping it moisturized and protected with all of the natural herbs, etc.

When I put it directly into the wound, it acts as a barrier.  And, when it falls out, it takes whatever scabs or dirt that might be in there (that I couldn’t flush out) and takes it with it.

Today, I had been working at a particular area of dirt/scab with the hose and Bodhi was getting upset.  The water spray hurts, of course.  So, I dabbed in a chunk of The Balm and out came the scab with the chunk of The Balm!  It is thicker than Vaseline so it holds onto stray particles better.  It isn’t as gooey.

However, I do use Vaseline under the wound to keep his skin from becoming irritated from whatever serums might leak out.


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This is the first day…

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You can see the width, depth and length.

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Then the stitches all popped open… The Dr. told me to wash it daily with a gentle hose sprayer nozzle and put cream on it.  He also told me to put Vaseline under the wound so the serum leakage wouldn’t irritate his skin.


I love this product. I use it on everything… it even healed the splits in my fingers. It is all natural. (No affiliation)

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This is how it looks when I put The Balm! on top of the wound – it melts into the wound. As you can see, it is getting better.

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After washing it with the hose…

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This is what it looks like when I put THE BALM! straight into the wound. As it heats up, it will melt and chunk off, taking any left over debris/scabbing that I missed with it.  As you can see, the cut above the big one is almost healed!

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This was Bodhi’s wound today. I couldn’t get all of the scab bits out of there with the water spray (he gets sensitive after a while…) so I pushed in more The Balm! and that will clear it all out while it also heals the wound!

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Here he is, eating his breakfast after I’ve tended to his wound. Gwen is in the background, begging.

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  1. Deb

    My mare had a gash like this one. We searched and searched, then realized that an old pair of shoes with clips (that bend over the hoof to help it stay on) hanging over the run in stall were the culprit – she rubbed against them in her haste to get out of the stall as another horses was coming in.

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