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post #1 of 101 Old 10-17-2009, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Horrific Horse Injury - extremly long (Warning, Graphic Pictures)

On May 31 I took my 2 year old filly to a team penning to move cows and help hold the cows...NO CHASING...that night I moved her into a different pasture with new horses. I absolutly new this was a bad idea but I took the chance because we had ridden with these horses in the past and had no problems. I turned Sweetness out with the herd it was 4:00 pm we watched them until we could see them in the dark no more, I thought since they had been good all afternoon it was ok. The next morning the barn owner got up to go to work and check them, Sweetness and the rest of the herd was laying all together. No injuries. He left at 8 am I came at noon went out to get my mounts for the day and figured I would catch the first on and the get sweetness and ride her ponying the other back to the barn. I caught the first one and could see Sweetness but she hadn't come when I called her. I thought, since it was a new pasture, she just didn't understand what I wanted, so i was just going to leave her there and if she was still there when i got back i would check on her. But on second thought, it was unlike Sweetness not to come when called, I walked out the check her. When I arrived she was standing in a puddle of blood in shock, caught between the top strand of barbed wire on her right side and the lower three on her left. Her chest was hanging open and her right forearm had a massive chunk of flesh hanging out, she had another cut, not quite as big, on the inside of her left forearm and there were numerous cuts and scrapes running down her side and wrapped around her hind quarters, but because of the ground work I did with her thoughout the time I had owned her she knew better then to fight so she was standing stock still. I just about collapsed seeing her this way. I turned the other horse I had been leading loose and grabbed my pliers in my back pocket and took down the top strand, it was so streched that it fell to the ground and Sweetness dragged her leg acrossed it. We were at the far corner for the pasture and the barn was at the opposite corner. We were on the outside of the fence, so I led Sweetness, dragging her leg, around the outside of the fence to the barn, a mile or so. We got to the barn and I put Sweetness in a stall until I figured out what to do next, I got her halter and lead out and led her over to the water hose and began to cold hose the wound out and control the swelling. Then, I pulled her shoes and took her back to the barn and let her stand tied in the stall, while I called the BO. He wouldn't be off of work until late, so I tied her in the stall and ran back into town to get some stuff. While in town I got a call saying the the BO's dad was on his way to pick me up and that we needed to remove the large portion of flesh hanging off of the wound. We arrived at the barn and found the BO holding Sweetness outside while the blood drained down her leg. the BO's dad and I went into the barn and I grabbed a twitch while he grabbed a knife and some proxide and scarlet oil. We then proceeded to remove the flesh that had been hanging out of the wound. First cut was a major potion of it and Sweetness didn't move an inch. Second cut blood started to gush out of the leg, I grabbed and innertube strap and tried to tie it to stop the bleeding, no sucess, so then we grabbed a rope to tie around it no luck. We had to caterize it with an electric branding iron, no movement from Sweetness. I walked her to make sure she didn't open up the vein again, all was fine. We then, scrubed out the wound with proxide and then applie scarlet oil, Sweetness came unglued rearing, striking and chargeing all over. The BO had been holding her by the halter for this reason and was able to push her into the fence and stop her while the BO's Dad and son got out of the way. We finished applying the scarlet oil and then I led her to the empty round pen and turned her loose in there. She lived the the round pen for 2 weeks by herself, in the morning the BO turned her loose to roam the yard to get exercise on her own while she grazed and at night I put her back into the round pen and fed her, the same routine for 2 weeks. For the first week she couldn't lift her leg so she drug it all over, The sencond week she began to lift it slightly and by the end of the second week she was severly limbing in it, but at least she was walking. At the end of two weeks I had decided that it would be better to get her away from the farm and all of the flies, so turn her out in a pasture that had 3 other horses, about 6 miles away. She lived in there for 7-8 weeks before we brought her back home. Within the first week of the injury I had thought about putting her down 3 times, one to the point I had the gun loaded. In the end I thought if I could get her sound enough to get a foal from her it would be worth the cost to me. Two months after the injury I was lightly riding her and 3 months we began to lope. She still has a large scar across her legs and chest, but to me no matter how she looks shes worth everything to me. The other day she split the wound open, not quite nearly as bad but she is on pasture rest and she just gets to be a horse for awhile. In about a week or so I having a Equine Massage Therapist come out and we are going to try to get the scar lossened up a bit so doesn't continue to tear it as we begin to recondition for riding. I'll doctor her again and again for many years to come but in the end It's all part of the game of owning horses.

I accept full responsibility for what happened to my mare and now have this expirence to guide me though the rest of my years as a horse owner.

(yes, I know the dangers of barbed wire, but this is the best boarded facility around here and the haven't had the money to change over all the fenceing. they have replace quite a bit of it already though.)

I will provide pictures if requested.
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post #2 of 101 Old 10-17-2009, 04:09 PM
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it took me about half an hour to read this post, i had to keep looking away to make sure i didnt get sick, but as i am a bit weird i would like to see before and after pics, maybe you should put a warning up on this thread

i am glad that you decided to keep her and that she is getting better hope the massage helps her and you have many good years left
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We all make mistakes sometimes....some worse than others. The former owner and breeder of my paint Clydesdale Sundance was working in the barn while Sundance and his dam grazes in the pasture. Sundance was only a few months old....and the mare suddenly ran into the barn, bucking and whinnying, nudging the man with her nose, trying to get his attention. The man, thinking she was hungry from not getting her grain yet, promised to feed her right when he finished cleaning the stalls, and went back to work. The mare ran out of the barn and out of sight. Not a minute later, she tried to get the man's attention again, more urgently this time. He put down the pitchfork and walked to the grain room, and out the window he saw Sundance caught under a barbed wire fence. He saved the horse's life
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0.o Honestly, I would have called the vet - my palomino mare cut her chest open on barbed wire as a yearling - it was horrible - about what you're describing. I took her down to A&M and they sewed her up - there's barely a scar. The worst is on her knee, she's missing a bit of the hair there, but on her chest the scar is not noticeable at first glance - you have to search for it.

But it was gruesome. Her chest was just hanging open. It was horrible.
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how could you have not called a vet? and why would you put her down with a GUN? HOW STUPID!

sorry im mad, but we just lost a yearling to barbed wire. she SHREDDED both back legs, and tore the tendon in one! We had to put her down, but the least we could do for her was to have a vet inject her with stuff to be put down! NOT SHOOT HER! It was a gruesome site. she had a cast on up past her knee on the back leg that had the tendon thing. she drug her leg around. We had the vet come right away when it happened. She probably wouldnt have pulled through. Cast would have to be changed every day for a year or so, the tendon sewed back together, and if we did all that, hundreds and hundreds of dollars later, there was still a big change sh wouldnt have been sound.

Its a bad story with a happy ending,though. Congrats!
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To; thunderhooves

I understand you point of view, and i myself have been in a position where i found the actions of others regarding horses and injuries to be completly irresponsible. My reasoning regarding the vet is: I called every vet in ND and some in MN and was told to call Elbow Lake Equine Clinic, I did. While talking to them on the phone i was told the prices and was told that in order for them to do anything I needed to bring her down right away. I didn't have the money or the vehicle to haul her over there. So, I did what I thought was best and began to self-treat her. It worked. Second regarding euthanasia by bullet I didn't have the money for the vet and she was in pain and was having trouble getting up and down. Where I am from people rarely have vets put down there animals, it is all done by bullet. As dumb as that is its the truth and I couldn't change it at the time. Today if the same thing happened I would probably self treat again but if worse came to worse, if the horse wasn't in excrutiating pain, I would call a vet to put it down.
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Horrific Horse Injury - WARNING Graphic Pictures

Here are the Pictures:

5 days after it happened
The greenish colored goo is NitroFurazone a tropical aneseptic

2 weeks three days after the last pictures
Date on Pictures is off

I don't have any recent pictures of the wound i will try to get some asap
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Oh god. I would have SO called the vet... good gracious.
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Horses go through some pretty scary things and come out just as kickin' as they went in. You did a **** fine job with her. Can't wait to see the 'after' pics.

A bullet, placed correctly, is just as painless and quick (and probably more so) as a vet putting a horse down with a needle. Granted, it is messy and difficult to do, but if my horse broke a leg and needed to go NOW I would rather shoot him then wait.
Some friends of mine had to put down a stray that way once. He was badly injured from a fight with there dog (who also had to put down) and was dangerous. He didn't know what hit him, the guy who did it was an excellent shot. I was unfortunately there when it happened.

Wait! I'll fix it....
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While I think that I would have found some way to get a vet, I will say that vets locally here recommend and find that a bullet - if one places it correctly - is as humane as an injection, and after having an Alpaca put down via injection instead of a shooting him - I really would have much preferred to shoot him.
I think the injury looks bad enough and without being able to get a vet out, I would have asked myself, "I might save her, but at what cost to her painwise?"
Looking at pics of it now and hearing it has pulled open after all this time makes me feel it would have been more kind to have put her down.
I understand that everyone doesn't have the cash to just FIX anything wrong with their animals or even go to the doctors themselves in this time. I do think it appears to have healed better than I would have expected 2 weeks later.
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