Hi, I'm new here, sorry for the brief introduction, but I have a situation on my hands ...
Yesterday my dogs got into porcupines, took them to the vet = $336 later - they're fine now.
THIS MORNING I went to the barn to find my pony standing there looking at me (I SWEAR she was doing her best to tell me without talking my language) and when I realized what she wanted - I saw porcupine quills in her back left leg - right above the hoof on the front of the leg. I gasped thinking ... OH NO ! I don't have any $$ at all ! Infact, I owe my Grandma for paying for charges yesterday at the vet for my dogs ... and NOW THIS !
So I called the local livestock vet (I have a farm, and this is the vet I normally deal with) and he tells me that we can try to pull them out ourselves if the horse can be controlled enough to do so. Or we could have a vet do it for us.
We don't have $$ to have a vet do it for us, so we're going to get a group together tonight and make it a team effort to pull them out. We have a veterinarian assistant who's related and she's comming as well, and we've been talking to everyone and anyone with any horse experience, etc. about how to approach this situation.
Now ~ my big dilema is ... HOW should we contain the pony ? She's a small pony ... only about 40inches tall at the withers. Her mom was a mini and her dad a pony (that's what the ppl told us when we bought her). So she's on the small side, but still strong. We need to restrain her so that she doesn't kick us with her back foot/feet. And the quills are in the back leg - so that's the leg we'll be dealing with. So what would be the best solution for restraining her ?