Yesterday when I got home, I saw my neighbors had company. I rent the pasture my horses are in, and their horse, Ranger has an adjoining pasture and is let out with my guys daily.
As I got out of my car I heard a loud gun shot. I didnt think anything of it. Thirty minutes later, my neighbor posted a facebook post stating that her horse Ranger had died. I was in shock. I figured colic, or posioning from weeds in his pasture... something environmental. I had seen his just the night before, when I put him in his pasture so I can feed my horses, andhe was healthy and happy and sweet as always.
I went over to speak to my neighbor, to give my condolences, and frankly, to ensure my horses weren't in danger. She said Ranger had been pushing on the mesh fencing separating the pastures from day to day to be with the herd. There are 3 metal T posts that hold it up, with a strand of electric (which is never working). He must have tried to go over it, and the T post ripped his belly open, allowing his intestines to hang out.
She found out when he was in the pasture with my horses and she said he just didn't look right. When she walked over, she was completely shocked.
Our vet was out of town and she didn't know how long the horse had been hurt. She did the kndest thing she could do. Called a friend and had him put out of his misery. He has a grave site on the property. I am in total disbelief.
He was only 10 years old, he was so sweet. He was never worked with but always had excellent ground manners. He was soft and shiny. I feel terribly for his owners. My husband was even affected (and he isnt emotional at all). He is leaving work early today to trim and weed wackthe property to ensure the electric is working. There is mostly 4 board fencing where my boys are but if they wanted to, they could surely get themselves into trouble in the same spot.
Ranger, your time here was far too short. You were a good boy, and were loved by all who met you. May you RIP buddy.