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    08-18-2012, 07:27 PM
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Yearling
Horse went down today...so scary

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?
     
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    08-18-2012, 07:59 PM
  #2
Started
It may be Scruffy's time to retire. While some horses go beyond 26 with riding.....26 is still up there in years and it is wonderful he made it that long. There may be no actual answer to it....just that Scruffy is older and may not be able to tolerate the weight and riding any longer.
     
    08-18-2012, 09:14 PM
  #3
Yearling
I sure hope that isn't the case. Scuffy is one of those horses that lives for his job. When he isn't ridden for a week or so, he acts depressed and doesn't perk up until hubby goes for a ride.

He has never been lame or had any health problems. His age does worry me a bit but I always thought you would notice a steady decline in stamina or health when it was time to retire a horse.

So sad tonight..don't know what to think.
     
    08-18-2012, 09:23 PM
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Weanling
I knew a kid that literally rode an Anglo Arab into the ground. The horse was 25 and could go go go and he did. The boy used him for team penning 2x a week and liked to run his horse a LOT. One day when he was team penning and running as usual the horse had a heart attack and fell straight to the ground. He never got back up. He had shown no signs prior that he needed to retire. I think the boy just asked too much of the old horse.
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    08-18-2012, 09:27 PM
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Green Broke
I think the reason he didn't pop right back up is because it was too hard to do. Horses get up with the front end first & it takes a lot of strength to do it the opposite way. Rolling on his side was the smart thing for him to do.
I don't know why he stayed down but unless he shows other signs of illness or slowing down I would chalk it up as an odd occurance.
I had an old mare that did a summersault from a trot, without a rider. I freaked out & watched her like a hawk but she was fine & never did it again.
I hope that is the case with your husbands horse too.
     
    08-18-2012, 09:32 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Jewelsb    
I knew a kid that literally rode an Anglo Arab into the ground. The horse was 25 and could go go go and he did. The boy used him for team penning 2x a week and liked to run his horse a LOT. One day when he was team penning and running as usual the horse had a heart attack and fell straight to the ground. He never got back up. He had shown no signs prior that he needed to retire. I think the boy just asked too much of the old horse.
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In hubby's defense, he rides Scuffy once or twice a week on the trails around the farm at a walk. The trails are flat and the rides last less than an hour. They will occasionally canter around the arena but only when Scuffy is feeling like he wants to run. Every once in a while, hubby can tell that Scuffy wants to "go" and then it is only down one side of the arena. This is not a horse that is run into the ground but I understand why you mentioned that story...to show that horses do not always show a decline before it is time to retire.
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    08-18-2012, 09:34 PM
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Weanling
To say that sometimes there are no signs of slowing with older horses. Not saying your husbands riding him into the ground.
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    08-18-2012, 09:36 PM
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Green Broke
You say that he trips over his own feet "a lot" - that may be one of the indicators that he is ready for retirement. Has he been evaluated with regards to the tripping issue?
     
    08-18-2012, 09:40 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
You say that he trips over his own feet "a lot" - that may be one of the indicators that he is ready for retirement. Has he been evaluated with regards to the tripping issue?
The farm owners have had him since he was 6 years old. He has always tripped over his own feet... Vet says he is just a little clumsy.
     
    08-18-2012, 10:29 PM
  #10
Showing
A horse may have the willingness to go but his body can't keep up. Why not have your hubby just take him for walks on the lead if the horse likes to get out. I think by the horse falling he's telling you he just can't do it anymore and you need to listen to him.
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