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post #1 of 58 Old 03-01-2017, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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((GRAPHIC)) this phenomenally stupid animal is always hurting herself

I'm going to start by saying I AM WORKING WITH MY VET. This is a VENT post because she frustrates me endlessly.

I poofed from the forum not long after getting my big mare, because nothing exciting was going on. Silly girl degloved her nearside hock being an idiot in the paddock. I pay an arm and a leg to board her on a farm with nice safe well maintained fencing and she is the only horse who has managed to get hurt in the nicer paddocks (the ones she lives in).

She got cleared by the vet to return to work, then three days later, ripped off a heel bulb and a good chunk of coronet band while she was at it. We didn't know if she was going to heal sound, but she did.

Then right when I started bringing her back into work, she jumped on me and broke my foot.

Then.... (and I'm still in the moon boot!) she decided it was a fantastic idea to try to deglove her offside hind cannon. This one was a smaller injury but it's still going to be a long time healing.

So I have this amazingly talented horse just sitting in the paddock doing NOTHING

My barn owner is awesome and keeps offering me horses to ride (I have a "project" that's one of hers, and she's asked me to keep her daughter's dressage pony fit) so I'm not going insane not riding, but my horse is seriously something else. It's like she's actively trying to kill herself with her stupidity. I've watched her roll, touch the fence, get mad at it for touching her, and kick it. She kicks fences. She's an absolute basket case and she's costing me a fortune.


I bloody love her. So I keep putting up with her in the hopes that she'll grow out of it eventually... because nothing I do is enough to stop her getting hurt. We don't even know how she did this latest one.

Pics of most recent injury in another post but here's progression of the others!
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post #2 of 58 Old 03-01-2017, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Here's that recent one. Again, it's being treated according to my vet's advice and I am therefore not looking for veterinary advice, just sharing (and venting frustration).

And a bonus pic of her in work in between the hoof injury healing and her jumping on my foot, because she's pretty and you guys haven't seen her in forever.
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post #3 of 58 Old 03-01-2017, 04:45 PM
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Oh****My******Gosh!!!! Those injuries are terrible. How frustrating for you. I feel so bad for you. We call those horses "hard luck colts" (although she is a mare).

When I bought my Chorro as a yearling, I bought him sight unseen from some photographs. His price was great. His breeding was great. I couldn't ride him as a yearling. So I got him. When he came off the trailer, he was ten times more beautiful than his photographs, and I was over the moon with excitement that I had gotten such a beautiful, well conformed yearling.

When I went to check him at 11:00 p.m. to see how he was settling in, he had gotten a huge screw through his hoof and out his heel bulb. This was in a stall that my daughter's pony had lived in for years, and before that steers had been fattened for years. None of those animals ever had an injury in that stall. I was babysitting my friend's three kids and she had just picked them up to go home, so I called her around midnight in tears, saying "I just bought myself a hard luck colt. I'm gonna have one injury after another!"

My friend has a touch of ESP, and she said, "No, you won't. He'll be fine. He'll recover 100% and you will go on to have many happy years of riding on him. And she was right.

I very much hope that your mare recovers and NEVER has another injury EVER.
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post #4 of 58 Old 03-01-2017, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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The most common phrase heard at my barn is " (imaging something)!" because she just... always has SOMETHING going on. At least she heals well... that hoof is actually growing down normal despite her losing a good inch or more of coronet. Takes ages to do it, but when she finally does, she does well.

She's only 5, and usually if they're going to grow out of this phase, they'll do it by 6... so at worst I have another year of this. I hope.


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Graphic is correct.
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Originally Posted by EmberScarlet View Post
Graphic is correct.
I did warn you!
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I got back into horses and adopted an 18 year old saddlebred. Never heard a word from the b/o or b/m. I just went over 4 or 5 times a week and hung out with my horse and rode. Then I got 4 yr old Laela and my phone started ringing off he hook. Laela sliced her nostril open, Laela broke the automatic waterer, Laela ate a chlorine tablet (don't even want to talk about that one), Laela did this, Laela did that. She finally grew out of it but, Whew! barely made it. Now I have 9 month old Novia and lets just say, she's a repeat of her mother already. She already has an abscess under her armpit from who knows what and a lump on her head from who knows where.

All of this writing just to say "I feel you, I know".

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post #8 of 58 Old 03-01-2017, 05:43 PM
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We used to joke about my gelding being an accident (though, I'm thinking he was nothing comparatively!) . He got so tall so fast and didn't quite grow into his legs until fairly recently (maybe more like 5 or 6 years ago, he's 14 now) and was so clumsy. He always had bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes.

He's got a big scar across his hock from trying to jump out of his stall. He was 2 ish and had just come back to our barn after staying at my uncle's house (he came back because he jumped my uncle's fence and was running around town). I went out to feed one night and saw him from the barn, lying down. Nothing unusual. But it hit me that he was OUTSIDE of where he was supposed to be. I ran down to him and he had his hind leg stuck up in the air between the horse panel gate and the post it was chained to. He was still kind of unruly at the time and I, as a 12 year old, freaked out thinking "How on earth am I going to get him out!!!?"

Luckily, he realized he wasn't getting out of this without my help and by the time my Grandpa came out to help me I had managed to undo the gate and free his leg. He had a pretty yucky cut, but otherwise was fine.

He also was often seen limping, but it magically cured itself before the vet could ever make it out... ugh. That poor vet got lots of "Never mind" calls. (Don't worry, his usual vet check cleared him as healthy)

He still hasn't really grown out of the hurting himself phase. He is really good at making an injury just scary enough for me to freak a little and call the vet, but just ok enough the vet doesn't need to see him (which I am thankful for, but still... frustrating). He recently sliced open his eyelid (EWWWWWW I do NOT do eye stuff!!) and I followed vet's instructions and already had everything I needed and he healed up beautifully.

However, your accident waiting to happen is way more than I ever have dealt with. Good luck with that beautiful mare!!! I totally understand your need to vent.

Side tracking again, we did have a sweet little filly skin nearly her entire hind leg below the hock (tendons showing and everything) and she recovered beautifully with regular bandage changes and care. I don't remember exactly what we did as I was young, I just know I never want to do it again. It halter broke her really quickly too.

Again, Good luck! Fingers crossed it will end soon.

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post #9 of 58 Old 03-01-2017, 05:47 PM
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Wow, what luck! Poor mare. Is she a good patient?

You're right, she is pretty when she's moving!
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Originally Posted by egrogan View Post
Is she a good patient?
For the most part. Easy to needle, tolerates nasty tasting medicine (but won't touch it in feed so it has to be syringed into her mouth the same as deworming paste), will stand for hours if need be while her legs are cleaned... but she has a wicked cow kick on her and if I push her too far with the scrubbing she will threaten.

Of course I don't let her get away with that. She got a nice smack across the butt for it the other day. I understand that it stings but she's not a horse I can allow to get away with dangerous behaviour for any reason.

She also really doesn't like the stuff I'm putting on her cannon to treat the proud flesh. So that's a mission, but it's working brilliantly and keeps the wound covered without cracking, so we don't have to bandage, which makes life much easier.
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