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post #1 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy We Might Have to Put My Horse Down....

Got a call about 7:30 tonight that my horse Trigger got hurt. I didn't think much of it at first, because I know that he is the horse that gets picked on and I figured he just got a bad kick mark or something. Well, found out it is a lot bigger of a deal than that.

He had been in the pasture at my trainer's house and we are not sure exactly, but we think that he had been in a fight with another gelding or something. When he didn't come to get his food, my trainer knew something was wrong. Went out into the pasture(this pasture is huge, mind you) and found him limping.

Turns out he tore his hoof and the injury is to the coffin bone. We got him bandaged up and back at our barn and he happily enjoyed his hay(but I can see the pain in his eyes. I saw him coming off the trailer and it broke my heart). BUT, they said if the injury moves into his coronet, we are going to have to put him down. The next three days are critical, and we have to make sure to give him his medicine, and be at the barn with him as much as possible watching his progress.

I was VERY upset when I first found out. Trigger is absolutely the biggest teddy bear you will ever meet, he just also happened to be the one that always got picked on, hence the cause of his problem.

I will post updates as they come along, but right now I am waiting for news myself. So...

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post #2 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 12:27 AM
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oh no! Are you going to go see him?!
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post #3 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 12:34 AM
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Yes this is very sad indeed. I had a scare a couple of weeks ago which is never fun.

I was at work when they called me (and when the stable calls I drop everything and take it). They said that my horse's leg was swollen like two football sizes huge and had a puncher wound. When I got there we didn't know what he did to himself but he could barely walk.... I was thinking "Oh lord... will he ever heal up and not be lame for the rest of his life?"

Well we figured he probably fell and hyper extend his front leg to the point of ripping the muscle. But a couple weeks later with the vet told us that it was a pretty hard kick that surprisingly didn't break a bone.

But a couple weeks later he is all healed up and is as good as new again thank god!

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post #4 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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oh no! Are you going to go see him?!

I just got back from the barn. Luckily, my uncle lives less than five minutes away.

Honestly, the way they were describing it to me, I thought his leg was about to fall off. But, my vet assured me that though it was very serious, he thinks with his medicine and the help of my uncle being a farrier(hence my uncle can constantly check the condition of his hoof) that we MIGHT be able to save him.

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post #5 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 12:37 AM
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Hopefully after a couple days he will start improving. I wouldn't jump to putting him down until he's had some time to heal. I've had a colt that had a severe injury to the coronet/hoof I thought I would lose him as well but after much work and staying on top of the injuries a couple months later he was fine.

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post #6 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 12:41 AM
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Yeah, save putting him down until there literally is no other option. That is terrible that happened to him. Murphy's law is alive and kicking in the horsey world, whatever can go wrong...............will. Poor Trigger. I hope it works out okay and there is no permanent issues. Poor guy. :,,(

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Thanks for the support everyone.

RedRoan - Sorry about your horse! But that is great that it got back to normal. And you are right, horses are like kids. Never had one myself, but I know that I WAS going to the barn tonight, whether I had to get on my knees and beg or not.

Close2prfct and smrobs - Euthanizing is absolutely the last resort. I am willing to sleep in the barn for weeks checking on him every five minutes and giving him meds when needed before I will put my baby down.

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post #8 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 07:22 AM
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My prayers are with him! I hope he'll make it all right!
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post #9 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 08:25 AM
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Poor Trigger. But he is so lucky to have you Tennessee. I'm sure you will do everything you can to make him comfortable and care for his injury. Having an uncle as a farrier will definitely be a huge benefit in this case! Thoughts and prayers coming your way and a big hug to both you and Trigger!
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post #10 of 36 Old 07-28-2009, 08:31 AM
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Oh golly that's so sad. I'm lucky enough to have never put down a horse, or even have one die. I'm not looking forward to that day.

I will pray for him. Please keep us posted.

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