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post #21 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 11:35 AM
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Sounds like the inevitable run of bad luck.

I had three horses for 15 years and only had one incident that needed stitches. 1 problem in 15 years! I rode two of them EVERY DAY, hard, and one of them I trained for endurance on. All three were kept barefoot, were wormed, never had shots, were isolated at my parents small farm, and we even had barbed wire fencing! Fed them roundbales, drank well water, pasture, and fed general all stock feed during the winter.

Then we moved and my list and # of horses started growing! I lost those three within a few years, tornado, kidney failure, and old age. cleared out the herd and now only have three again, in the last 10 months I've spent 10 times the amount of money on vet bills as I did the three I had till the day they died.

I think it just goes in cycles, brace yourself and SAVE SAVE SAVE for rainy days!
Hope they all get patched up and feeling better soon!
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post #22 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ThursdayNext View Post
We're making jokes in the barn now about just doing all the horses up in bubble-wrap before they go into turnout...
I said that very thing to my friend when her horses injured themselves, right after mine did! lol
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post #23 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 12:33 PM
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I totally agree with horses being out unless there is some reason to be in. Mine have lovely new stalls which they barely use, except to come in and eat. They huddle under the trees in the pasture when it rains or is too hot or buggy. I believe they are happier this way, but they do sustain more scrapes, etc. from running around playing, charging through the trees and just being young and silly. A bonus is that I never have to muck out stalls!
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post #24 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by KatieQ View Post
I believe they are happier this way, but they do sustain more scrapes, etc. from running around playing, charging through the trees and just being young and silly. A bonus is that I never have to muck out stalls!
Yikes - no kidding! I make a trip through my horse's paddock every week or so to turf out any big rocks, sharp stones, New England, the soil grows rocks like it grows weeds in other places. Even with this weekly Rock Purge, my horse WILL find something pointy, somewhere, and then roll on it or lie down on it. He's constantly got scuffs and gouges from the dirt. It was worse when he was turned out with a paddock buddy, because 1) he loves to fight, and 2) see #1. When we were still trying to find another horse he could get along with, he was constantly scuffed and gouged from the dirt, and then always had little bite marks, or U-shaped shaved-off spots from getting too close to another horse's hoof. I just don't even bother taking the Yellow Ook (Tri-Care ointment) out of my grooming bucket.

Huey's definitely one of those horses that will find some kind of trouble to get into. The BO's mare is the kind that could injure herself in a rubber-padded stall. She rolled her leg into one of the tape-and-electric fences and got tangled up and bunged up her hock. Then, as soon as that was better, by golly she did it AGAIN. Did one of those four-leg little bucks, lost track of herself (she's a filly, going through a growth spurt, and getting a little tangled up), landed on her side, rolled, and stuck the same darned leg through a different fence, and bunged it up again.

That horse would find a way to injure herself on the bubble wrap. For her, we're thinking maybe just a padded bubble...
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