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    06-26-2008, 02:34 PM
  #1
Foal
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So as some of you may remember, my horse coliced two Mondays ago.
Last night I came to the barn to find a huge check-mark shaped gash on my horses inside left back leg kind of above her hock. There was a good inch or two of muscle/fat exposed. On the smaller part of the checkmark shape was a puncture wound that went to her bone. It was about 8 PM and I decided it probably would be better if I had the vets come out now than in the morning.

11 stiches later...

She's on stall rest yet again.
She has only gotten worked 3 times this month! Haha, she's usually worked 6x a week.
Another setback to my money and her training.

I love my horse... I love my horse... I love my horse...


I walked the fence-line and didn't find anything. Anybody have any ideas what it could've been?

We are also looking into insurance for her. Anybody have suggestions for this? I'm new to the whole insuring a horse deal.
     
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    06-26-2008, 02:36 PM
  #2
Green Broke
As far as the scrape goes it could have been anything - stick, rock, etc.

I think (and I could be completely wrong here) that horse insurance only covers major surgery and mortality. (i think) if such were the case, I don't know that i'd pay the hefty premium for it :)
     
    06-26-2008, 04:17 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'm pretty positive. You also cannot put your horse down without a vet suggestion. If your horse goes lame, and you can never ride her or breed her because of that, your insurance does not apply if you put her down. If she has arthritis really bad, but can live comfortably with bute? You cannot put her down unless the vet thinks its the best option for her, and if you do without that being said, you don't get the insurance money.
     
    06-27-2008, 07:50 AM
  #4
Weanling
Awww, poor girl! The horse for the wound, and you for the pocket book!

Seems they are very creative in finding ways to get hurt. I once saw a horse spook and skittered around the end of the lead rope, right by a boat trailer (I saw it and would have SWORN the horse didn't touch it) and he had peeeled the entire flap of skin off his gaskin, saving for one piece to hold it on. Just the skin, no meat or anything. And it never did stitch back on well, ended up having to just be removed, and scarred, of course. Very expensive in the end for all the vet treatment for something that never really bled or causes lameness. It's AMAZING what they do to themselves!

Glad you got the vet out to fix her up..again....she'll hopefully be done worrying her "mom" for a while!
     
    06-27-2008, 09:48 AM
  #5
Showing
Look into a product called "Underwood Horse Medicine". A mare I had went through a barbed wire fence (not mine!) and this stuff was amazing.



This was the day it happened. 4 weeks latter you could barely see the cut. Within 2 months you would not know she was cut at all.
     
    06-27-2008, 11:54 AM
  #6
Trained
Keep your chin up, everyone goes thru times like this. Two years ago we spent over 3 thousand on vet bills, this year just under two hundred. It varies so much depending on the year!
     
    06-27-2008, 02:45 PM
  #7
Started
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Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
Keep your chin up, everyone goes thru times like this. Two years ago we spent over 3 thousand on vet bills, this year just under two hundred. It varies so much depending on the year!
I agree... im still working on a $2500 from when I owned sadie, she managed to fracture her splint bone. I didnt feel right putting her down after the vet said that it would heal...and it did. She is now with a younger 4-her.
     
    06-27-2008, 03:16 PM
  #8
Showing
Poor animal. Good for you calling the vet out. Seems like she's been on quite the run of health problems. I have both my horses insured for mortality and major medical in case anything were to happen.

I love my horses to much to let them go and for me insurance is cheaper than if I ever have to call a vet for something serious so...
     
    06-27-2008, 09:41 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by barefoothooves
Awww, poor girl! The horse for the wound, and you for the pocket book!

Seems they are very creative in finding ways to get hurt. I once saw a horse spook and skittered around the end of the lead rope, right by a boat trailer (I saw it and would have SWORN the horse didn't touch it) and he had peeeled the entire flap of skin off his gaskin, saving for one piece to hold it on. Just the skin, no meat or anything. And it never did stitch back on well, ended up having to just be removed, and scarred, of course. Very expensive in the end for all the vet treatment for something that never really bled or causes lameness. It's AMAZING what they do to themselves!

Glad you got the vet out to fix her up..again....she'll hopefully be done worrying her "mom" for a while!
ouchies!
Yeah apparently the girls got in a huge fight before they were brought in.. I'm guessing that's when it happened.

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Originally Posted by my2geldings
Poor animal. Good for you calling the vet out. Seems like she's been on quite the run of health problems. I have both my horses insured for mortality and major medical in case anything were to happen.

I love my horses to much to let them go and for me insurance is cheaper than if I ever have to call a vet for something serious so...
Yeah that's why I'm leaning towards it. We can afford small vet bills like this one... but if she gets seriously hurt, we might be in trouble. You know?

Thanks guys for the info! She's doing a lot better now, fairly sound. She's draining from her puncture wound. It was sad/funny watching her try to situate herself in order to roll today. It took her like 10 minutes. The first time she just went down and was like ow ow ow and got back up. Then she finally found a comfortable way to roll.
I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow to show you how it's coming along.
     
    06-28-2008, 03:53 PM
  #10
Foal
I didn't get any pictures, forgot camera.

Vets came out today. SMZs aren't working so now I have to give her a shot everyday. She still is on bute and stall rest.
     

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