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post #1 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Horse in the pasture is dead!

No really this is just a funny story that I thought I would share.

I have 6 horses on a 20 acre pasture that we rent. The owner just rented the house at the back of the pasture... I didnt know that it was rented until this happened.

I have my vets emergency number posted at my pasture just in case i am away and one of the neighbors sees something up and the vet needs to be called.

Well the other day my vet calls me here at work. After I had a heart attack seeing her number knowing that I did not call her she tells me that she just had to share the phone call that she just got.

Vet gets a panicked call from the new neighbors Here is the conversation

Neighbors - "We got your phone number from the pasture located at *** and I think that you need to get out here now ... there is a brown horse in the pasture that is down and i think that he might be dead he is not moving"

Vet - "Is there a black and white horse standing near the one that is down?" (i have a few "brown" horses)

Neighbors - "yes"

Vet - "Take a bucket and drop a rock in it and shake it really hard"

Neighbors - "ummmm ok... wait oh thank god the brown horse is up now... that other horse nudged him a few times and he got up"

Vet - "yep that is what i figured.. that is her old horse Elmo and he is deaf if the other old mare. the black and white one, does not see you with a bucket with something in it she knows that you are not there to feed and she just does not interrupt his nap"

Here are the 2 old guys (Cheyeene is 35 and Elmo is 25)

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 09:22 AM
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Haha! That's funny!! When I first read the title I thought, "Oh no!" I'm glad it was just a funny story :)
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 09:31 AM
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Sounds like you have a great vet!
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 09:33 AM
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Haha that's funny. It's cute the one horse watches the other when he's napping. And not only do you have a good vet, you have a nice new neighbor looking out for your horses.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 09:36 AM
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Great story!

My mom was scared to death once (very beginning of our "horse ownership journey", no experience at all on her side) when she came to the boarding facility and found my (then yearling) qh laying flat with half of the body in run-in and other half sticking outside. She tried to call her and all, but horse either didn't hear or just ignored. Mom ended up walking all way there in mud to check if the horse is alive.

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post #6 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 10:03 AM
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LMAO!!! What an awesome vet you have!!

My yearling lays flat on his side daily....everyone thinks he's dead, and has to go and check on him LOL
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 10:11 AM
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LOL, that is a great story, and how nice that you have people looking out for your guys..

I used to have a cob called George when we lived in the UK, when he was boarded we often used to have people running round to the office to report the dead horse, George liked to sleep!!
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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yea Cheyeene and Elmo are buddys... one day she rolled in the mud so i decided that she was going to get a bath. So gave her a bath and the next thing i know she is nudging Elmo over to the hose as if to say "hey now you gave me one he needs one too!"
She is also know to help him with the farrier and getting his feet done. He has a hard time holding up one of his front feet... Cheyeene will notice that he is struggling and slide up under his neck so that he can lean his weight on her back.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 10:34 AM
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Tbats awesome!
Someone called the RCMP driving past my pasture freaking out because there was a field of dead horses and the one left was stomping and fighting the babies left. They got the location and phoned me so I drove down and...
I have really lazy horses (all laying down) and my weanlings were playing.
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-30-2011, 10:37 AM
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That's a great bond. At their advanced age, it will be really hard when one passes away and the other one won't understand.

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