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    02-13-2011, 10:36 AM
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Horse got injured, and we DONT know how!

We had a show this weekend, and we took three horses in our three straight load trailer. We had Enchello on the left, Love in the middle, and Discovery on the right. The trip up was uneventful...

Now the horse I'm really talking about is Discovery, but here's what happened with Enchello; He recently had an abscess in his left fore hoof, but it healed up and the vet declared him sound to compete this weekend. He did the dressage great, but on the morning of the jumping, I went to tack him up while his rider (my friend) was changing, and he was slightly lame. I called my instructor's, and they asked me to trot him out a bit.

He was fine until the second trot round; he suddenly began to limp only then. My instructor's weren't to sure, so told my friend to go ride him round the warm up ring and see. Walk; fine. Trot; dead lame. She climbed off right away and scratched him from the classes. My instructor's checked his hoof, and it turns out the abscess WASNT fully healed . They gave him a little Bute (under advice from the show vet), and put him in his stall.

Now Discovery... The morning of the dressage we noticed he had a little cut on his hind leg, but when I say little I mean just a tiny cut that was not harmful in anyway. We sprayed a little Terimycin and he was good to go. Then after the jumping the next day, we put boxing boots and tail wraps on them, and loaded them up the exact way we had on Thursday: Chello, Love, Disc.

Anyway, after we get home and unload, we got the shock of our lives! Discovery had a slight gash on his hindquarters on the right (by his leg), an AWFUL cut on one of his hooves (it was bleeding and open :(), and parts of THREE of his wraps were slightly soaked in blood! We don't know how it happened! We decided to wait for our instructor's before we did ANYTHING with him.

Anyway, our instructor's had been in the car behind us, and as soon as they saw him they sent us home. I was up all night worrying about him, and as soon as I could I phoned and asked how he was. They said that he was fine; they had treated all his wounds and he's going to be sound in no time. I was so relieved; even though I don't know him, I love him a lot.

Does anyone have any ideas of what might have happened on the drive home? Just for the record, Enchello and Love Story were perfectly fine.
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    02-13-2011, 11:30 AM
Anything can happen in hauling horses. The horse might of slipped slightly and gotten up scratching himself. Horse's that haul well, sometimes, don't throw a fit when they do this. So sometimes you don't feel it from within the vehicle hauling the horses. The more horses you haul, the bigger the trailer... the more weight you are hauling. This also is a factor with what you feel is coming from the trailer.
    02-13-2011, 10:32 PM
The horses may have been scrambling or anything. I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said.

Best of luck withe discovery.

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