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    02-08-2011, 11:10 AM
So Santana did something interesting yesterday...

She slid UNDER a fence!

I wasn't there to see exactly what happened, but apparently she was turned out into a smaller paddock with a few other horses and she started tearing around like crazy. Its VERY muddy here since we have been having rain/sleet/snow/ice for the last week or so. Well I guess she was turning a corner and she slipped and fell! She ended up on the wrong side of the fence...

I got a call from the girl who feeds in the morning and she said that she turned her out and then she was about to leave when she turned around and saw Santana on the wrong side of the fence. She caught her and noticed that she had paint on both her knees.

What I figured happened is that she slipped, fell and slid into one of the corner anchor posts (think short telephone poles) with her front knees while at the same time sliding underneath the fence! The fence is a vinyl fence, so this is possible although very unlikely.

SO, I immediately leave work and go to see what kind of damage she has done. She has two very small puncture type wounds. One on her right front on the side of her knee and one on her left hind on the side of the cannon area. These are very small and not overly concerning me.

However right above her right front knee is very swollen. This must have taken the brunt of the fall/sliding into the pole. She is walking, but very gingerly.

I cold hosed her twice yesterday and will do the same today. She is going to be in a small turnout alone today (I think it would do her better to be able to walk around than be in her stall all day). If the swelling doesn't go down by tomorrow, I will be calling the vet to make sure there isn't any more damage than just bruising.

Anyone had anything similar happen?
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    02-08-2011, 12:42 PM
I've never had a horse slide under a fence before. Its amazing what horses can do. Glad that she didn't get stuck. I do want to caution you, especially with the "puncture type" wound you say was on her knee, I would definitely be concerned about them. Check to see if they are indeed puncture wounds, I figured out my horse's was because I could stick my finger a good ways into the cut, which I figured out as I was cleaning it. Still not knowing as much, and still being a bit reliant on what my trainers said, I asked them to look at it, because I didn't want to jump the gun, and was told it was just a cut, and to treat it as such, so I washed it, wrapped it to help swelling, and put her back. Had another trainer look at it the next day cause it was quite swollen, and she said it was definitely a puncture, well per her directions, I cleaned it daily, and tried to get the swelling down with no luck. After calling the vet out, we found she had two pockets of infection around the wound, and had in fact hit the bone when she punctured herself. Fortunately the bone didn't get infected, but what I thought was a puncture, but was told was a cut and was treated as such ended up causing my horse problems, and me several weeks of vet care, tons of vet wrap and sheet cotton, and one unhappy parent. Especially with one of them being on the knee, which can potentially penetrate into the joint, make sure that they are cuts, and not that bad, before ignoring them. I would get an ice boot if you can, or put ice in a bag, and wrap it around the swollen part of her leg, because cold hosing really doesn't do much. I've tried cold hosing, and at the end of the 15-20 minutes, the leg was just as hot as when I started, and all I had done was wasted a bunch of water. I would have a vet out just to make sure that she didn't tear or pull anything, and make sure that you are doing the right things to help her heal. Good luck with her.
    02-08-2011, 12:54 PM
Thank you so much for your post!

I am going to go out today and take a look at her again. She was turned out today, I am thinking that circulation will help more than standing in a stall.

If there is no improvement, I will definitely call a vet out for further investigation. I will also try and get some pictures so that you can see what I mean.

Now that I am thinking about it, puncture probably isn't the appropriate term for her wounds. I went and investigated the area where this happened and there is literally nothing for her to have caused the wounds other than sticks on the ground. I believe she probably landed on them and they cut her in those two places.

Both places are not deep at all, I definitely analyzed them very well and put some antibiotic spray on them. I will watch them closely for any sign of infection. The one is near her knee, but not on the joint itself.

Again, I will get some pictures for you to see. Its probably just my poor attempt at a description that has you thinking worse than it is.

My only worry is if the swelling doesnt decrease, not the small wounds (which are literally less than the size of a dime).
    02-08-2011, 01:03 PM
Green Broke
I've never had one go UNDER a fence, but I have had several go OVER, and often clip the fence on the way. Are you positive she went under the fence? She's lucky she didn't get scraped up worse than she did.

Is she lame on the swollen knee? If she rapped it hard enough, it could swell from bruising. As long as she isn't lame, I think leaving her in limited turnout is a good idea.
    02-08-2011, 01:09 PM

I didnt see this whole shebang go down, so I am not 100% sure that she went under, however her whole right side was covered in mud and you can see the imprint from her falling in the mud and sliding.

The girl who was feeding saw her getting up and shaking after she was on the opposite side of the fence, so I don't think she jumped it. The fence (again vinyl fencing) was fine so I know she didnt go through it. The post is definitely leaning from her hitting it. Its the only explanation I could come up with, even though it is certainly strange...

She is a little bit lame, but I think its due to bruising. She walks fine and doesnt hesitate to walk, just a little sore.

The girl that caught her said she was walking and even trotting away from her for a few minutes and said she wasnt lame at all. Only when I came to see her about an hour later was she a little sore. Sounds like bruising to me, but I am definitely no vet...
    02-08-2011, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
It certainly does sound like she went under. That's good in a way, because sometimes that first jump, even accidentally, can teach them in a hurry that they can jump out of anything. Then it's really hard to keep them in.

I'd keep doing what you are doing as long as she's improving. If she worsens, or doesn't get better pretty quickly, you know the drill. Call the vet, better safe than sorry. In my experience though, swelling and ouchiness from bruising will resolve quickly. If it doesn't there is something else going on.
    02-08-2011, 01:23 PM
Thanks Apachie! This is what I was thinking, but its always good peace of mind to hear it from someone else.

I am most DEFINITELY not above calling the vet out, but if her swelling is decreasing pretty quickly, I don't think the vet is really necessary. I think she is just sore...crazy horse.

I will keep you all updated!
    02-08-2011, 02:03 PM
Ya I would be sore too lol. I'm sure that most of her body is probably still a bit stiff from the whole ordeal, and just a little bit of time, and definitely at the least doing some hand walking every day to help keep the circulation going, and her from going crazy being stuck in a stall all day. Sounds like you are doing what you can to make her feel better. I would maybe call the vet and just ask about possibly giving her some bute to help take down the swelling, and make her a little less sore. Hopefully she's just bruised and scraped up, and just needs time.
    02-08-2011, 07:11 PM
My horse slid wasn't content with going over or under last winter. He chose to slide through a fence instead! He was tearing around showing off for girl and he lost his footing on the ice. No injuries except a bruised ego, but it was funny.

Just keep icing that knee. It should go down in a day or two. Glad she's otherwise okay.
    02-09-2011, 11:15 AM
Thanks guys! Well no pictures today since we were so busy getting everyone blanketed and in for the night since we are having another wave of ice/snow today, BUT I do have good news.

I went to the barn yesterday and I am happy to report that, while she is still swollen (not any worse), she is no longer lame on that leg.

Seems like she is just bruised up and she will be fine.

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