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post #1 of 27 Old 03-21-2011, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Her face got mutilated

So I went to the stable to go ride and my horse poked her head out to give her little whinny as she always does....Her face was red and bloody. I started to cry and I went in and her nose had been hit or cut on something(no sharp objects in her stall at all) Her nose is very swollen and there is a 2 inch gash(length). It needed stitches but it was too late as the wound was too old by then(had to happen in the morning or something ..I was there at 10 to check on her last night and she was fine). Gidget's skin is wiggly where the spot is and blood was all over her stall. I called my mom and she came over and checked it out as I was bawling my eyes out that her face was torn to pieces. We went and bought some vetricyn and cleaned it up.

Gidget is going to have a scar onher face now She won't be very pretty but my mom said the scar shouldn't always be there and the hair should grow back so I really hope it does. She didn't crack the bone which is good.

Has anyone delt with this?

I will get pictures tomorrow.
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-21-2011, 12:35 AM
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Bummer! I hope it heals without incident. It will give her character! Get her an eye patch and say she's a pirate!
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post #3 of 27 Old 03-21-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Lol,well atleast it wasn't her eye!

I do have an eye patch though ;)

It's horrible..I really do hope it heals..if not then there goes her local halter classes.....-sigh-
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It happens sometimes. Horses are notorious for finding ways to injure themselves in what could be considered a "horse-proof" stall. Depending on how she heals, she may not have enough of a scar to worry about. Just keep it clean and moist (triple antibiotic ointment works wonderfully) and it will heal up fine. Keep checking it for any kind of heat, swelling, or odor so that you can get on top of any infection if it happens.

As for the halter class, they judge is not supposed to discriminate against scars or injuries unless they are extremely disfiguring (and possibly not even then, I'm not positive).
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Once the cut has grown over and scar tissue begins to form, try rubbing Vitamin E ointment on it daily. This should minimize the amount of scarring, if not rid it altogether.

Hoping Gidget heals quick!
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Did you call your vet and ask if it is too late for stitches? Is there a flap of skin that could be replaced?

And who cares if she has a scar, she is not likely to be on Americas next top model any time soon, but it is a shame that she hurt herself.
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Poor Gidget!

Does she have a bucket strap in her stall? My equine professor was discussing stall safety during one class a while ago and said if the hook isn't always turned towards the wall, they can tear up their face. He found a yearling in a stall just standing with his nose pierced with a hook once and a mare a while later with a big gash like you said Gidget had.

If not, disregard what I said. Just an idea.
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post #8 of 27 Old 03-21-2011, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
It happens sometimes. Horses are notorious for finding ways to injure themselves in what could be considered a "horse-proof" stall...
Even when we horse proof our trailer, our one mare somehow seems to nick her face on something. We've even tried different positions in the trailer. It's a slant load but like a stock trailer. We've tried with her in the front, the back and in the middle. Almost every ride she'll have a new scratch but there's nothing to cause it. I'm almost surprised she goes so willingly into the trailer. I think we are going to make her a bubblewrap suit for the next time

Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse!

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post #9 of 27 Old 03-21-2011, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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I didn't call the vet to see if it was too late as I already have had experienced this with my husband's horse and another horse and it was too late. You have to catch it pretty quickly or it begins to granulate. Oh and I have been to school for vet assistant =D ...I think after this I am going to see about going to actual vet school...it'll pay off in the end.

I do however plan on calling the vet as there is a flap of skin that is probably going to rot off so it needs to be taken off most likely.And I plan on getting some antibiotics.

I just got back home from cleaning it again and I put some vetricyn on it and gave her some bute.

Thanks everyone...I'm very upset and have been. I know horses get hurt with what seems to be horse proof but she did herself a number.
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I also hope you can at least get an idea of what she might have cut it on. In December, Abby had scabs all over her leg. I had the vet look at it and she figured rope burn. She lives in a paddock outside and I have no idea where she would have gotten herself a rope.. Bahaha. Horses are just fantastic.
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