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post #1 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea what these are from?

Soo..Alahna got tangled up in something in the pasture between the time I put her back saturday and got her out sunday. I'm assuming she just doesn't respect the fence and while I don't mind barbwire with a horse that respects the fenceline, she obviously doesn't. She won't be turned out in the pasture anymore, but I know these aren't barbwire cuts..It truthfully looks like someone took a pocket knife and did some slices all the way down her leg, the only way I can explain it. While I know no one did such to my horse, it's just what it would remind me of.

Soo..any ideas?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 10:21 PM
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Looks like scratches from wire to me. Is there anywhere in the pasture that has loose or spliced wire?

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Looks like barbwire to me. I seen my gelding do it a few times rough housing in the pasture to close to the fence.

Could also be wild roses or briars.
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Could be some sort of thorny plant but looks like barbed wire to me. If it was, your horse is very lucky it wasn't sliced up much worse. I would suggest an immediate Tetanus booster just to be on the safe side.

Speaking of safe, I offer this only as an IMHO: Barbed Wire and horses in proximity of each other is just asking for a train-wreck. Even for horses who respect fences, barbed wire is sure to do some nasty shredding of soft tissue, often to the bone, given just the slightest of situations out of the ordinary day's activities. Way too many horses have been fatally wounded being run through a barbed wire fence in a panic from any number of circumstances.

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I feel like there's just too many (8-12 cuts) down her leg for it to be the barbwire since we only have two strands (where the fenceline is mainly trees, just there so the little ones don't squeeze through) and three in some places.

We don't have any loose or spliced wire, it's all wooden fencing aside from the top and side stretch being barbwire.

I don't believe we have any roses in the pasture..but I don't think briars/jaggers would do that much damage (even on my skin, and I've gotten some good ones).

I'll hit the vet up tomorrow morning to see if she recommends a booster and how much it is..I have zero dollars until my new job pays me now..So until I get paid (should be thursday, but could be next week if I misunderstood that they don't have a waiting week), I have my hands tied, and I feel so bad. O.o

She's played at the fence before and got some cuts I didn't see (hadnt seen her at all) that were already healed by that point..but I don't think I'll sit around and wait for strike three to hit and possibly have to put her down because of it.
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Barbed wire. Had the same sort of cuts on a few horses that ran through the barbed wire fence at one of my old barns. Sky had a puncture that we got under control.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 11:44 PM
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Clean it up, spray some iodine on it. I'd still guess fence. It's Fairly evenly spaced.
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I cleaned it up sunday and have been putting some furazone on it.
I tried using iodine for a scrape on her barrel and her coat fell out where the iodine was..So I'm assuming she's allergic to it?
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Is there any chance she rolled alongside the wire fence and got that part of her side underneath it?
If you can't replace the wire with rails - does take a lot of time and money -then use electric tape or rope attached to the existing posts with plastic connectors
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-14-2013, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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I don't think she'd have rolled that close to the fence. I've only seen her lay down/roll on the completely flat parts of the field, which isn't by any fencing.

I also can't change fencing since it isn't my property and I board..Otherwise I would have two strands electric with the block fencing on the bottom half.
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