I was out riding and on the way home looked into the neighbors fields and saw one of her horses on the ground in a funny position. I went in to have a look and from about 20 feet away I could see that her leg was caught in the fence. I couldn't see how bad it was and didnt want to go any closer in case she tried stuggling.
I went and got the neighbour and we went over to her. Once within 10 feet we could see that the leg was broken and the bone was sticking out about 4 inches. The funny thing was, there was very little blood. It was a really clean injury. So she starts stuggling, trying to get up, so we sit on her neck. The woman rings her son and tells him to come down staight away and to bring the gun.
The son arrives, takes one look, and shoots the horse.
The thing about it is, the horse had been in that field for months and knew the wire was there.It wasn't a half crazy flighty horse that would run blindly through the wire. The wire was right in front of a solid stone ditch and wasn't loose.
We couldn't figure out how she did it. The only thing we can think of is that mabey she was rolling beside it and got her foot up through it, then when she tried to get up it twisted.
People talk about how dangerous barbed wire can be, but this was just normal sheep wire. I've heard of plenty of accidents with barbed wire but never with this stuff. After seeing the damage it did I don't think I would ever use it for horses.
I can't imagine how awful it must have been for that woman to get a knock on the door and the fear when I told her that her horse was caught in wire and had gone down, then the horror of seeing the mare in that condition and knowing there was only one thing for it..
I just hope that if something like that ever happens to one of my horses that I have the same courage she showed in doing the hardest thing an animal owner could do, and for doing it so quickly.