Hi forum friends, My horse Dillon was struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon here in Ohio. When he didn't come up with the 2 geldings he was pastured with I thought I better check on him. I found him in the adjacent pasture laying about 30 ft on the other side of where he went through the fence. His head was down and he wasn't moving at first, when I got up closer to him he nickered to me and it broke my heart. Had to wait 45 minutes for the vet to get there so in the meantime a friend covered him with a warm blanket as he was starting to shiver and I laid at his side trying to comfort by talking to him and rubbing him.
Before the vet came, he attempted to get up but all he ended up doing was rolling about 15-20 foot. As the vet was walking up he attempted to get up again and finally did, but he was so wobbly and everyone had to quickly get out of the way. Finally he was able to wobble up closer to the barn in a nice soft pasture with lots of grass and no mud except for where the gates were. Vet said afterwards he thought he wasn't going to make it but that evening before he left he gave him a 50/50 chance. By that evening he was grazing. This happened about 4:00 or so and we stayed until after 11:00. The next day when vet came back out he was very encouraged by his progress. He was eating grass, drinking peeing and pooping.
He does however have paralysis on the left side of his face. His left ear is drooped out to the side, his eye which was darting back and forth the night it happened had stopped that and he drools out the left side of his mouth and his head tilts toward the left.
Anyways he is doing so much better, I thought the night it happened that I was going to lose my horse and even though we do not know if he will be rideable again, at least he is alive. The vet was very encouraging when he saw him the day after and he can't say when for sure but is hoping he will come out of the paraysis in 1-3 months. He has aquired the name "mr. Wobbles", but he really is a miracle horse, he loves the attention we give him and follows us around just like before. He has a hard time eating the shredded apples I gave him, they just fall out of his mouth, but all things considering he is doing very well.
He has two holes in his hooves, one on front right and one back left. He was blown through a cattle fence with barbed wire on top. The amazing thing is that he was blown low enough that his body never even touched the barbed wire across the top, but the cattle fence I think was attached to a tree busted right off the tree. He had very minor and few cuts. He is truly a miracle horse!