My husband leases a 26 year old TWH where I board my horse, Isabella. Scuffy is an amazing trail horse and he and my husband have a wonderful bond. Scuffy is in great condition and acts like a horse half his age.
There was a "play day " at the farm today and while the rest of us were working in the arena or obstacle course, hubby and Scuffy went out on the trails around the farm. It was in the low 80's and there was a nice breeze.
When they got back from the trails, hubby was bringing Scuffy over to the arena. He wasn't in his gait, but was at a fast walk. He tripped which isn't unusual, he trips over his own feet a lot. But this time, when he tripped, he actually went all the way down on his knees and he struggled to get back up. Hubby kicked his feet out of the stirrups and bailed. At the point, Scuffy rolled over on to his side and didn't get back up.
Scuffy was lying on his side, moaning. Hubby crawled over to him and started stroking his head.
I ran over there and so did 3 other ladies that were with us. We checked all 4 legs and saw no visible trauma. We straightened all of us legs and moved them and Scuffy didn't react. He just laid there moaning as hubby stroked his head.
We took the saddle off of him and took the bit and bridle off. One of the trainers checked his gums and took his paulse.
We urged him to get up and he wouldn't. We ended up having to get lead lines and wrap them around his torso and two of us pulled while my hubby and two others pushed.
He was down for about 10 minutes.
When we finally got him up, we walked him over to the shade and then we had hubby walk him around. There were no signs of lameness and he wasn't even breathing heavy.
Hubby hosed him down and then rubbed lintament all over his legs in case he was sore. He turned him out about 30 minutes after the incident and Scuffy started grazing. At dinner time, he ran to his grain bucket and ate his dinner with gusto and has no signs of anything being wrong.
Those 10 minutes he was on his side on the ground were some of the scariest moments of my life. My husband was so scared and so upset. I had to keep myself from crying because I knew the last thing hubby needed was me crying.
What could have caused him to stay down like that? He has tripped and gone to his knees once before but popped right back up. When hubby hopped off, Scuffy was struggling to right himself and then just gave up and rolled over on his side.
Anyone ever experienced anything like this?