So 9PM last night my grandfather's neighbor comes to my door saying one of the horses tried to jump the fence and is stuck on it. I'm thinking "How the heck? We use panels... how would he get stuck on a panel?" Then answer to that question. We use T-posts between every 4th panel for support. We make sure that the T-post is 6-8" below the top of the panels so no one has an accident with them. This has worked for the last 25 years. Not last night.
Grandpa has alzcheimers but still likes to go out and drag the poop in the pastures. Well he left some gates open and the stud got into the pasture next to the two geldings. He's never been aggressive or anything but for some reason he tried to jump the fence last night. Near as we can tell he landed on the fence but the force pushed the panels forward. As he slid off the top of the panel he came down on the T-post. Where did it enter his body you ask? Went right up his sheath and into his hip area!!!!
Hubby and FIL undid 2 panels and tipped them and the T-post over. The horse freed himself then trotted off gushing blood everywhere. They caught him and figured that he would bleed out before the vet even got there. However, we called the vet to have him put down anyway. Hubby applied pressure for 10 min waiting for the vet and the bleeding stopped. When the vet got there he figured out that the post had gone up the sheath (we didn't know until then ). Said normally he'd pack a puncture wound but obviously could not. Made sure he'd had tetanus shot, gave him antibiotics and said he'd prob make it.
Today he actually looks pretty good. Eating and drinking normal. Bowels seem to be working. He's urinating. No fever. Go figure. So now it's 3 days of stall rest then 10 days of hand walking him around.