10-17-2009, 06:20 PM
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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.