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post #1 of 21 Old 02-03-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Horses inadvertantly giving us heart attacks

Recently I was standing in my kitchen washing dishes and noticed that I couldn't see my horses. I thought nothing of it and went about my morning. About twenty minutes later I was in the bathroom doing my makeup and noticed a black blob on the ground poking out from behind the barn. I thought it was odd so I went into my dining room to get a better view of the paddock...Apparently my horse think it's funny to give me a heart attack every now and then by laying FLAT OUT, resulting in myself running out to the paddock in a panic with the vet on speed dial.

Does anyone else have a false alarm panic attack story? :)
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-03-2013, 10:36 PM
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Just tonight I went out and could not see my black filly, so I took a picture with the flash, and if you read my post Dark Horse, you will see the picture and story...
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-03-2013, 10:46 PM
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My neighbor's old horse used to do that when I first moved here. I swear it was intentional, too: I'd come outside on a hot afternoon, and he'd be laying on the ground, flies buzzing around, and even looking slightly bloated. I'd say to myself "Omigawd, he's dead. How am I ever going to break the news to her?" - and then I would see that his eye was just barely open, and he was watching my reaction.
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post #4 of 21 Old 02-03-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Perhaps the title for this thread should have been "Horses intentionally giving us heart attacks" :)
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-04-2013, 01:48 AM
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Well, it wasn't my horse, but a barn mates that gave me heart failure a few days ago. I was cleaning my stalls and kept hearing this long drawn out moan coming from one of the stalls down the aisle. I wander down and look in the stall to find a horse flat out on her side, lips pulled back, teeth clenched, eyes rolled up. She would take in a huge breath, hold it and then let it out with a long low moan.

I thumped on the wall of her stall, no reaction, no change. So I talk to her, yell at her...still nothing. So I grab my cell phone and get ready to call her owner as I start to go into her stall to check vitals to give to the vet...I thought for sure she was in full blown colic.

The INSTANT my hand rattled the snap to her stall door, she rolled up onto her chest and yawned and looked at me like "what the heck did you wake me up for, woman??"

Her owner got a chuckle out of it when I told him later that day.

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post #6 of 21 Old 02-04-2013, 03:52 AM
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When I was 15, the place where I boarded my gelding, another boeardee asked me to feed her horses while she went on vacation. The second day I walk out the the pasture in a panic because one of hers is laying down AMD not moving a muscle. I run over to him and he jumps up like I scared him out of a dream. My first thought when I saw him was omg I have done killed this woman's horse!
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-04-2013, 05:08 AM
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Yup! Animals and kids (let's not forget patients, for those of us, such as myself, who are RNs) absolutely love to throw us into full-blown panic mode just at the moment they are getting the best rest possible! Great thread, guys! :0)

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post #8 of 21 Old 02-04-2013, 12:03 PM
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I was on the phone with my sister when she got a heart attack moment... One of the boarder's horses at the barn she manages was sprawled out, motionless, legs sticking straight out... The other horses in the pasture coming to investigate with great interest as well. My sister thought for sure that the mare must have dropped dead, fortunately she wasn't dead but was in distress. Somehow got the blanket strap in her mouth and tangled up. She is healing well, this happened about a week ago.
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-04-2013, 01:29 PM
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Around here we get folks stopping by on occasion wanting to know "what killed all the horses?". It seems that between 1-3 p.m. Is horsey nap time and they all just FLOP, so the pasture looks like we have horse bodies strewn all over. Fire few times it happened, I FREAKED, thought they'd all died of botulism or something.

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post #10 of 21 Old 02-04-2013, 01:37 PM
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There used to be a horse at one of the houses on the main road here that connects the interstate (where all the big cities are congregated) and the highway (where all the small towns are). This horse was kept alone and loooooved to sleep on the ground with all of it's limbs sticking straight out and looking very dead. Everyone around here got used to it and would actually use it as a reference point, I'm passing the "dead horse pasture", see ya in a bit.

Well one day he was laying there looking dead like usual and nobody thought anything about it until another day went by and another and everyone suddenly realized that OMG he WAS dead! I have no idea where his owners were or if they knew... but after a few days of him laying there, his body was removed.
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