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post #1 of 13 Old 08-21-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Athena made the news and scared me half to death

I kept my mare, Athena, and two other horses at rented barn and pasture which is about 10 minutes away from where I live. I went to go feed them breakfast this morning to only find one horse in the pasture. About 10 minutes later, I found the property owner riding my pony around. She said she was looking for my mare, and that the neighbors called her this morning saying she broke through fence and was eating in their yard. I wasn't happy with the situation, but Athena is very herd bound so I figured she didn't go far. The PO made a few calls to the neighbors and decided to try calling dispatch just to check, they said she was 9 miles away on the toll road and that she was injured!! To say I was freaking out was an understatement. She backed up traffic for over 10 miles. The cops said it took forever for them to catch her because she was galloping down the yellow line in the middle of traffic!! They had to catch her with a 4-wheeler and lasso. The cops told me I should enter her in the kentucky derby since he's never seen a horse run that fast. I don't know where the heck she thought she was going, but I'm soooooo glad she didn't get killed or kill someone else. She has a few scrapes and cuts and lost 2 shoes, but nothing near to what I thought she would have. She's a lucky horse!! And needless to say, I moved all 3 horses back to their previous barn tonight. I don't even want to RISK having that happen again.


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Well that will give a person ulcers and force you out of bed three times a night to drive down to make sure she is tucked safely in her pasture!

I hate that feeling.

I'm glad she is ok and no one got hurt... poor silly girl!

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oh WOW. I'm so glad to hear she's alright! Silly Athena, no more trailrides by yourself!

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o.O That's CRAZY! I'm glad she's okay.

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I just think it's so bizarre. I can barely take her out on a 5 minute trail ride by ourselves, and she decides to ditch the other horses and run nearly 10 miles away over bridges and through high way traffic? I'm half convinced someone tried to steal her. I checked out the part of the fence where she "broke out" and there was a bed sheet laying in the grass right next to it. I have absolutely no idea where the heck that came from, but I'm very suspicious.


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That's terrifying makes me want to call the funny farm and make sure my girls are where they're meant to be :0 we have double fencing then train line the nasty hill then freeway!!

Though we did have contractors working on the rail line cut down a portion of the neighbours fence once when we had 7 horses over there and the electric was shorting. Tell you what council got yelled at for about 20 mins!

Do the wires look cut or snapped?
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That's terrifying makes me want to call the funny farm and make sure my girls are where they're meant to be :0 we have double fencing then train line the nasty hill then freeway!!

Though we did have contractors working on the rail line cut down a portion of the neighbours fence once when we had 7 horses over there and the electric was shorting. Tell you what council got yelled at for about 20 mins!

Do the wires look cut or snapped?

There was just a 3 foot long portion of the fence that was completely bend over to the ground. It was right next to one of the T-posts, and I couldn't find the wires that should've been holding the fence to the post. It was pretty far back in the field too. It wasn't anywhere near the barn or house.

Athena's doing better, all 4 of her legs are swollen and she's very sore. I've been keeping her in a stall for now, and letting her out to walk around a couple times a day.


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Poor baby, hope she is feeling better soon!
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Did you have the vet out to check her? Galloping down the road when they are not used to galloping down the road can lead to some issues. Are her hooves warm?

So glad you have her home. How very scary.
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Did you have the vet out to check her? Galloping down the road when they are not used to galloping down the road can lead to some issues. Are her hooves warm?

So glad you have her home. How very scary.
I had called and made an appointment with the vet, and the farrier is coming out tomorrow afternoon to pull her other 2 shoes. That is something I'm very worried about, and I did check her hooves and they weren't warm. She has a slight limp to her walk though because she has a two cuts above her heel on her right hind, and she also lost the shoe on that foot. Both her knees are very swollen, it wouldn't surprise me if she fell at one point. :/ All the cuts/scrapes she has are superficial though.


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