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. :(