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post #1 of 30 Old 05-10-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Horse died-opinion please

I know this is wrong, but I had a horse in a corral that had one side barbwire. Due to many different situations we have not been able to put different fencing up.
Here is the very sad and perplexing part. My husband found my 5 year old Paint dead. Apparently her Tail got tangled up in the wire. She was laying on the ground. All I can imagine is that she rolled and got too close to the wire and could not free herself, because the wire was broken. Or just layed down near it and then swished her tail. Please do not lecture me about keeping horses in barbwired fence. I'm just looking for some explanations and ideas on this. How long do you think she would have been down?
I am heartbroken and very upset about the whole situation.
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post #2 of 30 Old 05-10-2011, 04:30 PM
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Was she cut or bleeding? How long had it been since you checked on them last?

Opting out bleeding to death, or being dehydrated to death, I would assume the struggle had given her a heart attack or a stroke.

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No bleeding, nothing, just a small part of her tail was tangled. We had checked them the day before. But was late on the day of.
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It's almost impossible to determine with a necropsy. For all you know, it could have only been indirectly related to the barbed wire. I would expect a horse with only it's tail caught to rip it out getting free - the equine will to survive is a lot stronger then a tail being ripped out. Even if it was dehydration (was it hot out?), it doesn't explain why she wasn't able to free herself and simply laid down and died.

I would suspect and underlying medical condition such as a heart murmer. Were there signs of struggle?

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Have to agree with MM, there's no way that a small part of her tail being tangled caused her to be so stuck that she couldn't get free.

Are you planning on having an necropsy done?

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If the horse merely got its tail caught in the wire, there's no reason for her to have died unless there was massive blood loss.

I'm with Macabre; sounds like the horse had an underlying medical condition.

She may have broken the fence and caught her tail on it when she fell down to die.

The only way to find out what happened to you mare is to have a necropsy done.

My condolences on your loss. It's always difficult to lose one, no matter what the circumstances.

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Thank you for your input, it was my first thought that something else was wrong with her. I could not believe that she could have broken the wire and got loose. My husband does not want to spend the money on an autopsy.
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that's a bit puzzling. I think an underlying medical condition as well. She may have even knocked her head hard on the ground when/if she fell.

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Adding myself to the group who think the fence had nothing to do with this. I believe the tail probably got caught as she was going down, or if she thrashed at all while she passed.

Sorry for your loss.
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Thats a bit puzzling. I think an underlying medical condition as well. She may have even knocked her head hard on the ground when/if she fell.
thank you, that actually makes me feel a bit better about the whole situation. Because I thought I caused it because of the fence.

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