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    08-21-2008, 11:01 PM
Dandy and the Fence

I tend to ride horse on tuesdays and thursdays and then the weekends. So On tuesday I was ready to get done with my stressful shift at work. I hit the rode only to find the interstate abnormally backed up. I almost turned around for the night to go home instead but I decided to enter the bumper to bumper traffic to head out to the barn (really no other way cause I have to cross the river). I later came to find that the traffic was backed up because of a bad accident. Anyhows by the time I got to the barn (over 1.5 hours, 45 minutes longer then normal) I was really happy to get see April.

But soon my happiness did a 180 to shear panic. April was in the turnout pen behimd the barn. Normally see comes right up to the gate but that day was different. She stayed in the corner down by the minis (their pen is like 10 feet from the turnout) I went to her to put her halter on when I noticed that Dandy was standing by himself but was in a full out sweat. I started to look closer and only saw three legs and quickly realized he was caught in the fence. The minis fence is 4 strands of stright electric fence. Each strand is around a foot to foot and half apart. It is a very tight fence. I quickly ran to the shed to turn off the fence and saw Dandy fight and then fall. He started thrashing so I quickly made my way to him and layed out on top of him so that he didnt further injure himself. I wasnt sure if Stacy (his owner and the BO) was home so I had to figure out what I was going to do. I got him to settle down and looked at his leg. He had managed to completely wrap the fence and pull it tight. It was cut deep into his back leg.

Dandy managed to kick me off of him and stood up. I ran to the house and Stacy was home (thank God). I was really muddy at this point (from laying on him) and she actually wondered what April had done to me. She ran down there with me and I yelled at her to get the wire cutter and she cut the two lower portions of the fences. The cut was bleeding pretty bad, Stacy applied a pressure wrap to it and called the vet. Stacy kept saying "I was just out here not even an hour ago...how did he do this...I was just about to leave to go grocery shopping"

The vet took the bandaged off, you could see some bone and that he had started to cut into the front tendon. The back was completely intact yet. After much disscussion Stacy decided to have her clean it and stitch it up. So I stayed and helped with it and manged to get a few battle wounds in the process. The vet said that her biggest concern was infection to the bone...

Today I went out to ride. Dandy was in his stall and snickered at me, he had a new wrap on. I petted him for awhile and then went on to start tacking up. Stacy came to the barn distraught looking. "the vet was out and it is badly infected, the bone needs to be tapped or Dandy needs to be put down". I asked what she was going to do and she didnt know. She went back in the house and I went and rode.

I was cooling April down when she came back out of the house. "Im taking him to the clinic, is it ok to borrow your trailer??" (hers is getting the roof replaced cause of hail) I told her that it wasnt any problem. I asked if she wanted me to go with and she asked "would you??". I followed her to the clinic...We checked him in and they prepped him for surgery.... Before we left she gave me a big hug and thanked me...I told her that I knew she would do the same for me if it was my horse.

I feel horrible and I love this little horse. He has a show record in the Pinto association and is just loveable. She is suppose to let me know how everything went and if they are able to save him. It is amazing how fast life can change. Some would say it is just a horse but to me they are our best friends...and that is how Stacy feels as well. It will be expensive and she will be paying off a bill for some time but atleast she tried and is taking responsibility.

I have attached a pic of me and him this July at a show. We drove and did halter and he is soooo much fun. I tried to get stacy to sell him to me but she wouldnt...Poor little Dandy I hope he makes it. :(

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    08-21-2008, 11:22 PM
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A good case for reevaluating the fencing there!

Hope everything is going to be okay!
    08-22-2008, 09:43 AM
Hope Dandy is ok. Keeps us posted. I din't realise tinsel wire could be as dangerous as barb wire. I have about 600' of it alone a hedgerow. My guys don't get within 3 - 4 feet of it though.
    08-22-2008, 11:32 AM
When I get an update I will fill everyone in...kinnda worried that I havent heard anything yet. The fencing there is very sturdy and one would have never thought that this could happen. It has to be lower cause of the minis, but she also puts the full size horse in as well(not together though). We are thinking they were playing around when he got his leg caught and basically freaked out. Im pretty sick about it myself and he isnt even mine but I played with him often....

Other then putting in a wood fence up im not sure what can be reevaluated... I've seen far worse fencing systems, it just happened to be a weird bad accident.
    08-22-2008, 12:16 PM
Aww Hope he pulls thru. ((Hugs)) He's such a sweet looking guy.
    08-22-2008, 01:16 PM
I hope he pulls through!! Bone infections are nofun to deal with :(
I had two horses that had bone infections and they are both fine and lived through it! Keep hoping!
And to heal the tendon quickly I highly recommend using stem-cell or A-cell therapy. Both methods make everything heal 10X faster.
    08-23-2008, 01:03 AM
Any news yet?
    08-23-2008, 09:24 AM
Thanks everyone, Only time will tell if the infection will take over. He is still in the clinic and may be there for another week or so, that way they can keep a much closer eye on him. Thanks again for your concerns and I will try to keep you all updated, we are all hoping he pulls through
    08-23-2008, 10:34 AM
Poor Dandy :( I'll say a big mini prayer for him.
I've had horses get tangled in elect tape (the big wide stuff) electric rope and wire. No injuries but just goes to show they can get hurt on anything.
    08-26-2008, 10:14 PM
Dandy is home and doing great!!! I saw him today and he snickered at me. He had his normal minitude and isnt happy about being away from the others. He is eating, drinking, and all his functions work. He is also putting weight on it and isnt on any pain meds. Stacy replaced the wrap yesterday and said that it looked clean/no puss and minimal swelling. He is to be stalled till the stitches can be removed, but can be hand walked/grazed. They just don't want him to go running around on it and end up removing the stitches himself. So he isnt totally in the clear yet but it is much more promising. Just thought Id pass the great news on!!
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