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post #11 of 41 Old 05-26-2012, 07:36 PM
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I hate barbed wire so much...

Was the cut deep? If so maybe you should have the vet look at it?
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post #12 of 41 Old 05-26-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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The cut really wasn't that deep , thankfully , the deepest the one may be is maybe like a cm. I been watching him for the past few hours and he is walking fine and was even running a little bit ...I am very thankfull that it wasn't much worse !! I say we won't be changing out fence , we live on 23 acres and that's a lot of fence. When I have had horses before , we have always had barbed wire fence , and the horse has been around it since he was born. Now I did notice tonight while I was watching them that someone was shooting a gun nearby and they didn't like it at all ! I wonder if that may have had something to do with it ? I will def keep updating the post and tell ya'll how he is doing ! Going to check his bandage in the morning and put some more spray and anitbiotic cream on it.
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post #13 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 01:03 AM
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Since my baby and her bard wire cut... and the research and tips from other that have seen or experienced barb wire cuts, NOT FOR ME EVER! Funny thing, well not so funny then...is that I too have scars from barb wire. I fell off a horse riding bareback in no where land as a kid...I fell into old barba wire fencing. I have to parallel lines runing up one side of my back as a reminder. ;)
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post #14 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 01:10 AM
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If you can't afford to totally replace the barbed wire, what about running a single strand of electric 10-15 feet inside it for now, and gradually replace the fence as the money becomes available? If the cut isn't deep, the horse is sound, and there is no fever, you should be ok, but keep checking for heat in the affected area, as well as fever until the wound is healed.
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post #15 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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We sometime get cattle so we have to have the barbed wire , we have had it for years and everyone around here has it to ....I checked on him a while ago and he seemed fine , him and Cash were by the pig lot looking at the pigs of all things lol...
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post #16 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 05:35 AM
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Barbed wire was invented for warfare. Part of the effect is the pain it inflicts on the animal which gets caught up in it - the animal learns to avoid it.

But a horse in panic has for a moment or two lost all reason and if they try to jump the wire then they run the risk of getting caught up in it - then they try to disentangle themselves and the wire cuts deeper.

Farm land is riddled with bacteria from the dung of the animals which graze it. If some of that bacteria gets into the blood stream of the animal then it can develop and bring on a form of gangrene which will eventually kill the animal. Anti bacteria wipes help reduce the risk. Anti biotics - work against the harmful bacteria in the blood stream - but you must use the correesct anti biotic.

If you can't replace the barbed wire on the farm, then divide off an area for use by the horses. A simple wired tape, with a fence system powered by a car battery, together with some movable posts is often all that is necessary to restrain a horse.

Barbed wire was invented to kill and it does its job well.


PS If you want to read a true story about what happened to a beautiful shire mare who go caught up in fence wire - then I'll post it
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post #17 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Here is what it looks like today. It doesn't seem swollen or infected to me .
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post #18 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 01:33 PM
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OUCH! Poor baby!

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post #19 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have been stressing about it so much , but everyone has said that it's not to bad , hopefully it will scrab up soon
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post #20 of 41 Old 05-27-2012, 02:36 PM
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---------Poor fella

I know traditions are different in the US but most of we Brits would
Ask the vet to call and give your fella some shots - certainly of anti biotic and to check the last Tetanus jab

Your fella will have some scarring too.

Make sure to check him every day and walk him up and down to be sure he has not gone lame.
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