He came from a rescue my friend ran in Kent. When I lost Bo I put a plea on Facebook to borrow a pony to keep Jess company as she was left alone and they offered me Hank. You’d never believe now he was dubbed the most aggressive animal they’d ever had, he’s been a dude from the day he arrived with meRemind me where you found Hank? He is such a nano-dude
Apparently even just leading him was a hat, gloves and wits job, he’d rear launching and biting going for the neck. He improved when gelded and when they got his face healed up (his teeth were so bad he had holes right through his cheeks that you could fit fingers through) but was still aggressive.Aggressive??? Hank?! I am amazed. He must have just hated the rescue, or been really traumatised
He’s got salt licks and gets salt in his feed so I doubt he’s lacking. Horses don’t tend to lick wounds like dogs/cats, he also went a bit nuts for the blood on the floor and hay boxes when Jess bled profusely after a difficult tubing so I don’t think it’s about the wound itself.About the blood. It could be the salt in it. Like a salt lick.
It is also possible (I dont know) that horses will lick a wound because their saliva will kill some germs. Human saliva does and may envcourage clotting
This is from Wikipedia on wound licking.
"Saliva contains tissue factor which promotes the blood clotting mechanism. The enzyme lysozyme is found in many tissues and is known to attack the cell walls of many gram-positive bacteria, aiding in defense against infection.."