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post #1 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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T-post skewer... ouch!

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.

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:25 PM
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That sounds awful. Will you give us an update in a couple days? It really is amazing what they can recover from...

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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I'll keep you posted. I think when the geldings took off towards the next pasture (which has mares) he felt the need to get between the mares and the "other" males.

This is the same horse that I had decided to get gelded a week from Friday. The vet said he should be fine to geld. He's such a big baby right now. Just wants to be loved on. Hopefully this is a little of what he will be like as a gelding.

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post #4 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:27 PM
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omg I cringed!! hope he gets better!!

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:32 PM
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Oh goodness that does not sound pleasant. There are T-posts in our pasture and I plan on using T-post caps like I did at our old facility. It's a piece of rubber that covers the top of the T-post so they're not sharp, but blunt. Could still do some damage if a horse landed on it, but it should puncture the horse. Maybe you should look into those as an extra precaution? I got mine at Home Depot I believe.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:32 PM
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Yeppers, I've seldom had an injury from them, pokes or scrapes on occasion, but sometimes it can be really, really bad. Thankfully, in my 40-odd years with horses the ONLY critical injury I've had happen from a t-post was a young filly who disemboweled herself and had to be put down.

Huggs and healing vibes sent your way for a full and speedy recovery for your man.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-03-2013, 06:34 PM
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Gee I inhaled my coffee when you said the t-post went up his sheath......ouch!!!!
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-04-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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So Chorro is about the same. His right rear leg got pretty tore up as well. That is where the bleeding was coming from. The vet said the swelling cut off the bleeding. It's his knee so it's hard to tell how bad it really is. Swollen still and very sore. He can put weight on his foot but has a hard time bending that knee. He is starting to get a little sac of fluid between his chest muscles. I think things are starting to drain downward and that's where it's resting. The vet is coming out tomorrow to re-check him and see what he thinks. I'll update tomorrow.

In the meantime, my aunt (who has power of attorney over my grandfather but who lives 400 miles away) called the vet to ask him to just put the horse down. She is scared of Chorro (because he is a stud) and has been wanting to get rid of him for years now. I'm pretty upset by this because I am the one who takes care of the horses. I think I'm rational enough to have the horse put down if he needs to be. No sense in spending thousands or letting him live his life in pain. But I do believe in giving him a chance and some time to see if he will recover. Sorry for the little vent, just hate when people try to step in and control a situation they are not involved in. The vet, who knows my grandfather and I very well, called me to alert me and told me he would not do anything without mine or my grandfathers go ahead.

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post #9 of 16 Old 06-04-2013, 08:19 PM
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I hope all goes well for Chorro. What a freaky thing.

I do think you have a good outlook for the best thing for Chorro and your aunt doesn't have an ethical place to say what to do. However, if she has power of attorney, she may have a legal right. Depends on the specific POA document.

Good luck.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-04-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Grandpa has not been declared incompetent so she can act for him but not over ride his decisions. Besides, if it came down to it, by the time they got all "legal document" about it he would either be on the mend or not. I just don't want the decision made before the vet even looks at the horse again and gives his opinion.

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