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    08-08-2008, 04:11 PM
Head Wound/Euthenized

I was wondering how many people have encountered a horse with a head wound so severe, the horse had to be euthenized? Last sunday, I went out to feed the horses at the barn, when I got there, I noticed the horse in the secod paddock was in my paddock with my two horses bleedong from the head profusly. The vet said that horses don't normally bleed this bad from head wounds unless it has punctured through the skull and into the brain. We couldnt sedate her because she kept freaking out (she is very weary of people) she ended going through the fence again and breaking her neck. We had no choice but to put her down. The vet examined her head wound after she was euthenized and stated that their would have been only a 10% chance of her surviving it. I was wondering if anyone has encountered anything simalar and what was done.
(This was not my horse and I still feel horrible for what happened)
Any input would be wonderful.
I still can't figure out what caused the punture wound
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    08-08-2008, 04:14 PM
Wow that is terrible. I never heard of such a thing happening. Maybe a stray nail off a fence or even a branch could do something like that if the head is brought up fast enough. A puncture wound that deep may be what caused the horse to freak out even more. I hope you guys can figure out what it was & hopefully prevent it from happening again. My best thoughts out to the owner.

    08-08-2008, 04:18 PM
There are no trees near her paddock. The wound is the size of a golf ball around almost. Im stumped. What really scares me is that I don't know what caused it and im scared for my horses now. I have closed off from the paddocks where it happened.
The owner is an incomppitant jack a**!!!! He knows nothing about horses and only has them to keep the pastures eaten down. That's why im there with my horses. To care for his in exchange for boarding.
Do you think a wound like that would leave blood behind on whatever caused it?
    08-08-2008, 04:25 PM
O goodness. I severly dislike people who have horses just to use as "lawn prizes", its one thing if the horses are retired but even the people who have horses but can't ride they still care & take care of them! That is terrible. My first intial guess would be "Yes" that type of wound has GOT to leave blood behind if not at least HAIR! What part of the world do you live in? Prey animals? Act of violence by youngersters? GEEZ the list of possbilities are endless. I hope you can find out what it was, for fear of your critters.
    08-08-2008, 04:30 PM
I live in southeast washington (Tri-Cities). The way the paddocks are set up is that there are 4 paddocks and each one has its own stall. The paddock fences are railroad tie posts with 2 by 4s. I always make sure the paddocks are safe for my horses as well as his. The only preditors we have around are cyotyees. My mare keeps them off the property and we also have cows down in the far pasture that probably keep them at bay. This is driving me crazy!
    08-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Green Broke
Oh my! That's just horrible. The poor mare. :( I'm not from your neck of the woods, but I seriously hope you find out what happened. You must be going crazy with worry. Could it have been a kick wound? Like brwneyedgrl says the possibilities are endless.
    08-08-2008, 04:51 PM
The wound is too deep and perfect if you know what I mean. Its driving me crazy. I need to know what happened.
    08-08-2008, 05:46 PM
Finding a cause is the hard part. My mare got injured this spring had a large punture wound in her shoulder, I looked and looked around her correl and only could find a broken wooden fence rail but no blood or skin on the rail so still not sure if it was that or not but anyway the rail was replaced. I think my two geldings were jockying for domancy position and pushed my mare into the rail. But like I said, its only an assumption. I also separated the two boys just in case. Hope you find the cause because I know what it is like not knowing for sure.......
    08-08-2008, 05:52 PM
Thnkas aappyfan1. Their are couple of boards that are splintered but the boards are so brittle, they practically crumbe in my hand. It had to have been something strong enough and sharp enough to go through her skull. I hate not knowing. Especially for the sake of the rest of the horses.
    08-09-2008, 12:09 AM
How sad..... I was thinking a kick wound also. Poor girl to go so traumatically.....

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