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post #1 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Are some horses just more accident prone than others?

I swear my new mare has a new gouge in her face every day. I am beginning to think that she does not see so well at night. I watch her when she is in the pasture and not once do I see her hit anything with her face. I have even seen her run full bore right up to the fence and stop, so obviously in the daylight, she sees fine. It really bothers me that she has all these wounds on her face. So far they have all been fairly superficial, but I worry. Do horses see well at night or not so much? The past 10 years she has been on a small dry lot, so this is very different for her, she has 30 acres to roam here. I am wondering if she's not hitting her face on them metal fence posts at night, that is how it looks to me. Poor thing, she looks like hell!

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 03:40 PM
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Yeah I think so. I have a horse who (knock on wood!) has never had anything worse than a scratch and a mare who has under problem under the moon.

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 04:01 PM
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My Morgan gelding was too...and ALWAYS on holiday. I think we had to stich his nose up 3 holidays in a row one year. For a while his stall was next to my stables smaller turn out and one of the boarders was turning his foal out and I guess Pepper liked to stick his nose out and the foal would rip a chunk out each I eventually moved him. But he was still getting all sorts of scrapes and cuts. I felt like I had to "rubber pad" his stall!!
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 04:05 PM
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Yes - Aero is the most accident prone horse I have ever had. It's just little things (bumps, scrapes, etc for the most part) but it's all the dang time -- I am tempted to wrap her in freaking bubble wrap, but she'd just hurt herself on that, lol.
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I do believe that some horses are suicidal.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 04:48 PM
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Absolutely! Think about people, you got those people who never get sick or hurt regardless of where they go or what they do and then you have them people who could be in a padded room and wind up with a major injury! lol. Horses are no different some are just a bad combo of clumsy and curious while others seem to understand looming danger!
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
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Yes I have a mare that is VERY accident prone. Partly bc she loves to run around like a lunatic and doesnt pay attention to footing or anything!
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I had a QH when I was growing up who was really accident prone; he always had cuts and dings everywhere. One time he scraped himself really good in the trailer on the way to the fair, no less...we still have no clue how, or on what...

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post #9 of 9 Old 04-27-2010, 05:32 PM
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Haha, Draft! I wonder about that sometimes, too.

Some of them just are that way. My sister in law's horse got himself into the worst situations. One time he got his foot caught under the barn wall in his stall (like a one inch opening) when he was rolling, when he was a foal he impaled himself on a fence post, every day he had something new he was banged up from. She says she could have seen him, left for an hour, and when she came back he'd have a new cut, bump, or scrape.

Hoover once cut all around one of his ears out in the field...I'm still trying to figure that out. Or he cut his bottom eyelid one time. Some of them really would be the ones who brought home report cards from Kindergarten that said "runs with scissors."

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