Would like to get thoughts from you guys, a couple days ago Oliver had a pretty scary unloading episode, scraped his hind leg up really good and his back from going UNDER the butt bar....
So when I was given this sweet guy he was delivered to me and came out if the trailer with well....speed?! Was in a straight load and shot out hitting everything on the way out, wasn't hurt but could have been. His old owners didn't say much about it and I knew right away I'd be needing to work on that for safety reasons.
Well it been over a year now, have hauled him in a slant load where he can turn around an take his time to walk and step out, does that very well. But put him in a straight load and she shoots out like a bat outa hell! Iv worked on it a lot and he had been doing great, walking in and coming-out calmly one step at time!
Well two days ago he didn't come out calm at all infect didn't even wait for the butt bar to come down and he was already trying to scramble out backwards a billion miles per hour!
He got stuck under the butt bar (no padding on it)
He didn't scrape up his back but the bar was against his spine the whole time and he really got stuck on his withers...
He scraped his right hind and right front up a bit, almost punctured the hind leg artery on the inside but it's all just a gross abrasion and little cuts by the hoof.
His back, no scrapes or cuts or abrasions but did swell up and is very tender to the touch.
Kept a very close eye on him and his hind leg was just a little puffy at the Pastern no heat, and putting weight on it.
When I had looked out to the pasture in the morning I saw him do a stretch I'd never seen, I'm guessing it's because his back was so stiff and sore, you know how cats stretch their back, front legs all the way out in front and rump in the air.....yup it was cute but I felt bad.
So my question is should I think about shipping boots on his hind legs from now on? Just in case? Would it do any good? This happened so fast neither my trainer or I could do anything but stand and watch and help him up when he got out.
I have great after care going on right now, while I'm not able to be out there but when I get back I'm going to be working on unloading again.
So scary, so frustrating but so thankful it didn't get worse, no broken legs, no vet bill (so far) if he gets worse while im out of the country my trainer has full authority to call and have the vet out and I'll pay when I get back. I know he is in good hands.
Something must have happened before I got him last year in a trailer to have this happen and have it be a habit ....