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post #1 of 40 Old 04-12-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Sad story

Owned this beautiful guy for less than 24 hours before he suffered a severe extensor tendon laceration to the back left leg. Actually bought him on Saturday, April 10th and he was out of commission by noon on Sunday.

His leg got caught in some sagging tensil wire fencing. I mentioned the fence problem to the BO well before my horse's arrival to her barn. The pictures we took on Saturday show the sagging wire. On Sunday, the fence was fixed. The BO stated the 3rd wire down caused the injury as it had pulled clean from the fence. I asked about the sagging top wire and she denied that it ever sagged. We took so many pictures on Saturday celebrating my horse's arrival to the barn that nearly every picture shows the top sagging wire crossing the 3rd wire in the pasture area where my horse was injured. Blood stains and black hair are all over the top wire as well. My husband got pictures on Sunday to show the differences from one day to the next.

The BO is a very nice person. We've had no problems. My daughter boards her horse at the same place. I was taken back by the fact that she didn't even say she was sorry it happened much less offer to pay some of the medical care expenses, which were and will be considerable. I don't know what my horse's outcome will be. Any chance of trail riding, showing, etc are out the window for at least 9 months considering the rehab he will require...if he even recovers as we hope he will...all still an uncertainty.

In your opinion, is the BO negligent for the ill repair of the fence?
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post #2 of 40 Old 04-12-2010, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I am sorry for your poor guy's injury.
Honestly, I would say that your argument of negligence would be undermined by the fact that you put your horse into an area that you had doubts about. The fact that you mentioned the wire (which shows you were aware of it, not just the BO) and then put the horse out anyway puts you just as much at fault.
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I'm soo sorry to hear that. He is a gorgeous horse!!!
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I am sorry for your poor guy's injury.
Honestly, I would say that your argument of negligence would be undermined by the fact that you put your horse into an area that you had doubts about. The fact that you mentioned the wire (which shows you were aware of it, not just the BO) and then put the horse out anyway puts you just as much at fault.
Thanks for your sympathy-much appreciated. I feel so bad for my horse as he's in pain and will be confined to a stall for the next 3 months. He'll miss the prettiest weather months...

Anyhow, to your point, which is a good one, I asked the BO to fix the fence before he was turned out on Sunday..she didn't fix it..she turned him out...he got injured. Does this make a difference in your opinion regarding negligence?

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I'm soo sorry to hear that. He is a gorgeous horse!!!
Thanks..he is handsome isn't he! Such a gentle soul, too.
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I personally would never put a horse with high tensil fencing or barb wire in good or bad condition. It is very prone to doing serious damage. Horses are always getting into fences. High tensil doesn't brake very easily that is why it is so dangerous
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P.S. I had a horse that got ran down by a stallion that broke loose. He was chased into some sheet metal and cut him deeply in the front of his pasterns and he made a full recovery.

Not sure what your arrangements were on the turn out??? But I wouldn't take a horse in unfamilar surrounding and with strange horses and just turn him out unsupervised. That doesn't look like a cheap horse taht should just be plopped in with the herd? Horse sense on everyones part needs to be learned.
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P.S. I had a horse that got ran down by a stallion that broke loose. He was chased into some sheet metal and cut him deeply in the front of his pasterns and he made a full recovery.

Not sure what your arrangements were on the turn out??? But I wouldn't take a horse in unfamilar surrounding and with strange horses and just turn him out unsupervised. That doesn't look like a cheap horse taht should just be plopped in with the herd? Horse sense on everyones part needs to be learned.
The plan for his first day of turn out (Sunday) was to be with another gelding he seemed to bond rather quickly with on Saturday. So, they were turned out together for a couple hours on Sunday and pretty much left to their own devices as the BO went about her other business at the barn. He was left unsupervised in other words.

Thing too is the fact that the BO couldn't get a vet there right away after he was injured. I gave her an hour to do it and when she couldn't arrange things, I called my old vet who dropped everything and got herself out there. It took her an hour to drive to the barn. She masterfully scrubbed and sutured the laceration with unbelieveable skill...so fwiw, his suture line will probably heal well and w/o infection. I'm way more concerned about weight bearing, gait deficits,stringhalt, etc.. that sort of thing.
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I'm sorry to hear about your guys injuries. I'm not sure about the negligence, I think that it would depend on the laws of your state but it probably falls under some type of protection law for a boarding facility.

When my horse severed her tendons, she was given about a 70% chance of being sound. Her injury was very severe and required emergency surgery so it already sounds like yours is better off then mine was. She healed beautifully. She would not have a scar at all accept she got a fungus on the front part of her leg from being wrapped for that many months. Now she has white speckles on the front of that leg. It is also fatter then the other legs (due to scar tissue), but not by much. She is a bit off. She is not in pain, sound for riding but there is a mechanical lameness. She trail rides, walks, trots, canters, and even jumps on occasion. There is hope. She does not have stringhalt at all.

There was another horse that was injured on the same weekend as her, they opted not to have the surgury, there was an infection and the recovery time was a lot longer than mine. That horse does have stringhalt, BAD at the walk, not noticeable at the trot or canter. The girl that owns it still shows and places. At the trot, her horse has no lameness where mine does. At the walk, mine is just about perfect, hers has the stringhalt.

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