Oh my god, I feel so bad. My precious new Paint gelding got a huge gash in his tongue today due to my negligence. I was going to hook him up to crossties and was turning him around. I bent over to get his halter and while I was doing that he decided to investigate the over-the rail halter/bridle hanger. He got hooked up and pulled back. The result was a nasty cut to the tongue.
Apparently he went into shock after I left (he's boarded) and layed down in a foot of mud. I got a call to go back to the barn and walk him. Now, I guess his tongue will never be the same again. I feel just awful - I need to be more attentive. I had an older mare before and she never did these inquisitive, playful gelding things. Now I'm told he'll have this big scar all his life. My poor baby. I especially feel bad that I wasn't watching him when it happened. Will I be able to ride him with a bit again? If only I'd been watching his head all the time! I just had no idea he could get into such mischief in just seconds. Has anyone else gone through a tongue wound? Do I have to go to a hackamore or bosal now? Em