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  • Wound cut on a calf from barbed wire
  • What to do if your horse runs into barb wire

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    08-28-2012, 11:04 PM
  #1
Foal
Run In With Barbed Wire

Okay so here's whats been going on, saturday morning I come out to see the horses, and my qh mare, Candel, had cuts on her back left leg. There was a very deep slash along her cannon bone, and a pucture on her hock. I poured some hydrogen peroxcide on her leg then rinse it with an iodine mixture we had from the vet. I then put Entederm, pain killing and bacterial killing. Then I wrapped up her lower leg to keep it clean and I put boots on her three other legs to help with support.


Sunday morning her hock was swollen, but too tender to wrap and sweat, I re-dressed her wound, gave her a break from the boots. Monday morning her hock had swollen even more and I took her into the vet. They had to sew the cut on her cannon bone and they wrapped her entire leg to sweat the hock. She's staying there until thursday. And she got a tetanus shot and a ton of penicillin and anti-biotics.


How did this happen in the first place you ask?
Gosh darn cow people! The cow owners that we share fences with, eastern one does not maintain their fence at all and if we don't fix it on a weekly basis then we end up having their herds grazing on our property. The southern one maintains their fence better, but the people just toss the extra and old barbed wire onto our property. We get balls of wire, posts wrapped in wire, not to mention covered in rusty nails. We've tried tossing it back over, tossed back over, putting it in our dumpster, just toss more over. Called the people and explained to them, hasn't stopped.

What can I do? Now my horse is at the vet bandanged up and full of drugs, i've got a thousand dollar medical bill, and I don't think it will ever stop. The police don't really do much about livestock issues, unless its stolen or something. Obviously talking with the cow owners didn't do a thing.



Okay. I'm done venting. Good thoughts sent her way please!

-Sissy
     
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    08-29-2012, 12:34 AM
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I think you should consult an attorney.

Even if you can't get the vet bill from these people, which you might if there is documentation regarding their carelessness, you should be able to send them a certified letter making it easier to get future vet bills paid if this happens again. Aside from moving your fence away from theirs a bit, I'm not sure someone like this will stop being a raging, careless @$$.
I hope your horse heals up well and these people wise up to the damage they've caused
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    08-29-2012, 12:41 AM
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Green Broke
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I think you should consult an attorney.

Even if you can't get the vet bill from these people, which you might if there is documentation regarding their carelessness, you should be able to send them a certified letter making it easier to get future vet bills paid if this happens again. Aside from moving your fence away from theirs a bit, I'm not sure someone like this will stop being a raging, careless @$$.
I hope your horse heals up well and these people wise up to the damage they've caused
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Yep, put up your own fence well away from theirs. Leave enough room for them to toss their junk.
I hope your horse mends quickly.
     
    08-29-2012, 01:46 AM
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Trained
Exactly what natisha said. There was a barbwire fence at the end of my pasture, was there when I bought the property. I simply put a post & rail fence up beside it in case the neighbors had cows. Turns out, no one has ever used the pasture as there is swamp there but I won't tear down something that isn't mine, I just erected a horse friendly fence beside it.
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    08-29-2012, 01:20 PM
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Foal
I would only use hydrogen peroxide on the initial cleaning, that's it. After that, it damages tissue. Same with iodine (betadine). Clean w/ saline based products like vetericyn, or plain ol' saline. We live on 2,000 acres, and of all the neighbors, one who joins us on 5 acres has been the biggest problem. Her stud got loose on us and ran my colt thru a barb wire fence. Resolve Wound Formula can save you that $1,000 vet bill, trust me! Take a look at this!

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    08-29-2012, 07:33 PM
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Foal
Even if it doesn't get you any money back a lot of people will back off once they see a certified letter from either you, an attorney, or wind up in court.

Make sure you document everything you can!

I also agree with moving your fence back- but if they really are such jerks they might be tossing it into your pastures to deliberately piss you off.
     
    08-29-2012, 07:58 PM
  #7
Yearling
If it were me, I'd have a conversation with you local law enforcement. Just ask for their advice & they may be willing to have a talk with the neighbors. If these people are harming you animals (on purpose or not) & their animals are damaging you property, something needs to be done.
     
    08-29-2012, 08:30 PM
  #8
Weanling
I am sorry for what happen to your horse. I hope she heals soon. Now as for the idiots beside you. I would definitely seek legal advice. Does the wire end up on your land? How about their animals. Just the old jumky wire and posts being tossed on your side should be enough for legal action. I agree that sometimes when someone is contacted by a lawyer or even law enforcement they stop. Do document everything. I would even write a nice letter certified letting them know that tossing the crap over the fence is causing injuries to your horse and the others send pics as well. And what ever you do keep a cool head about it.
Good Luck Be safe

TRR
     

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