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    10-17-2009, 05:31 PM
  #11
Foal
You are correct that I should have gotten a vet out, and I would have if I had had the money. But, even though I didn't have the money for a vet, I called an equine surgeon in elbow lake MN and stayed in touch with her until it healedA as for the pain, if she would have given me any sign that she was in too much pain and didn't want to live I would have euthanized her, but she didn't. During the second week she had even tried to trot around a little, but I stopped her, and for the pain she was on bute. I am not entirely sure that the wound split open or if she somehow cut it. I do have a Equine Massage therapist coming out to try to loosen up the scar tissue, so we'll see what happens in the future.
     
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    10-17-2009, 05:49 PM
  #12
Started
Not calling a vet would get your horse taken away were I live. And barbed wire?? Anyone who turns a horse out with a barbed wire fence, well shouldnt own pets PERIOD. Its just dangerous.
     
    10-17-2009, 05:55 PM
  #13
Foal
I didn't say that I didn't call a vet, and if I had a choice I wouldn't be turning my horse out in to a pasture that is fenced with barbed wire.
     
    10-17-2009, 06:05 PM
  #14
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Thats why you don't put your horse in that situation. Ask first. And as for the vet, if you can't afford a vet to come out and check out the horse you shouldnt have a horse. Most vets will allow you to make payments if you can't pay upfront.
     
    10-17-2009, 06:20 PM
  #15
dee
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I find the true nature of people comes out when passing judgement on others. Some of the comments I have read here are just plain cruel. Those who have made those comments apparently feel themselves to be above everyone else and have the right to make uncalled for remarks.

Freedom Rider did the best she knew how. Around here, there aren't many vets who will mess with a horse that is injured - the vet call out fees are outrageous, and even though most will allow payment plans, it places vet care for injured horses almost out of reach. Even if you can afford the vet, you still are looking at HOURS waiting for him/her to arrive. What do you do in the meantime? It sounds to me like the horse received proper care - it looks like the horse is healing fine. Horses can and do heal from horrific injuries.

As for the remarks about barbed wire, while I agree that it isn't the best fencing for horses, it's all we have. We have not had any horses with more than a couple of scratches in all the years we've owned horses. Yes, the potential for injuries is certainly there, but it actually rarely happens. No one else I know around here has anything but barbed wire fencing.

We are expecting a couple of foals early next summer, and plan to install safer fencing around the lot where they and their dams will be residing. My horse, DJ, was ran through a barbed wire fence when he was only two months old. He was badly injured (he even gelded himself!) but he survived. He has some ugly scars, but he's sound enough to ride and is very loving. My husband dotes on him. I've very glad his owner didn't put him down when he was injured. However, even though our adult horses may be reasonably safe in our barb wire surrounded pasture, we won't take chances with the babies. Of course, any fencing can be dangerous at times.
     
    10-17-2009, 06:31 PM
  #16
Foal
Thank you Dee. IMHO everybody is entitled to there own opinion and has the right to say what they want but they shouldn't be shocked when they're in the same situation and others say the same.
     
    10-17-2009, 06:32 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
Nice post Dee. My first thought also was call the vet no matter the cost. But there are alot of people around her that make fun of how my horse will be living on an iron lung before it's over because I have no problem calling a vet out.

I know a lot of people that have doctored much worse then that. As for barbed wire I've read several arguments on it. The fact of the matter is, it's widely used in many parts of the US. Especially when cows are nearby.

Please remember the conscientious ettiquette policy when posting guys. Good luck with your horse!
     
    10-17-2009, 06:48 PM
  #18
Yearling
I agree with Dee, about this.
There have been some pretty nasty remarks, She did the best she knew how.Its looking better :)
But when you are in a situation like that, think of other things, Also just thought I should say, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all :)
     
    10-17-2009, 06:49 PM
  #19
Weanling
I agree with Dee, 110%. Freedom rider should have had a vet come out, and she acknowledges that, but due to money couldn't do it. She saved this horses life, that's all that should really be taken from this story. I do hope you won't ever put the horse in barbed wire ever again though, every horse I know that's been in that type of fencing has had a BAD wound to show it. However, my old mare cut her shoulder open (not as bad, but close) on a loose part of a round pen... and my friends horse got cast in a pipe corral and rubbed his leg down to the bone... so horses can hurt themselves anywhere, even in "good" fencing.

Bottom line, don't pass judgment on the fact a vet didn't come out to see this horse. She stayed in contact with vets and did the best she could with what she had. It's nice most of us are fortunate enough to be able to call a vet...

OH! And as far as shooting a horse to put them out of their misery... if done correctly it's 10 times more humane. The injection you give a horse (or any animal) is a lethal injection which makes them have a mild heart attack essentially. Anyone who has seen an animal be put down knows they seize and tense and seem like they are in pain for the last few minutes of their lives... they struggle and fight the injection... it's awful. A bullet is so quick they don't even see it coming...
     
    10-17-2009, 06:52 PM
  #20
Foal
If anyone would like to see pictures of her before she cut herself heres the link:

DB Smooth Sweet Lady - Aka Sweetness
     

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