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post #1 of 8 Old 03-16-2013, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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My horses ability to injure himself, again.

I'm sure some of you may have noticed me not being around on the forum much recently. And I have a very large update to write about Chinga. As some of you know, he is one of the most accident prone horses on Earth.

We have had terrible weather here and our whole paddock goes underwater and turns to clay like mud. Anyway, the whole paddock had cleared up very nicely and there was a small amount of clay left, Chinga had a shoe which was coming loose - the farrier was coming out to replace them the next day. Of course, Chinga had other plans. He managed to have pull his shoe off, and put it into the bottom of his hoof (for those who don't know, this is the second time he has done this). My friend found him very lame, and called me.

I arrived, vet came out immediately and she said that it was very wide/deep and we were questioning if it had touched the bone or not. So, we gave him a few injections, bandaged it up and put him in overnight. She said she would be back early the next morning to check on him, we came to the conclusion that it had missed the bone (however, only by millimeters) and that I would need to keep him in, give him penicillin daily and she would come out and give him a course of antibiotics for the next four days.

The weather, deciding to be unhelpful, literally rained for almost a month straight making EVERYTHING soaking wet.

After two weeks of being kept in, he began going crazy from not being outside/with the other horses. So, I was allowed to put him in a small pasture by himself. He was happy and it healed much quicker since he was no longer pacing around in a small space and happily grazing. Two weeks later, we decided to put his shoes back on and put him out with the rest of the horses - although, still keeping him bandaged. Putting his shoes on would mean that the wound would be kept off the ground.

Although, THE DAY (Saturday last week), we were going to put shoes back on. Chinga managed to stand on a hoofpick out in the paddock (He is kept out with 20 other horses, the matter of someone leaving a hoof pick in the middle of the paddock has been dealt with) and open up his wound, worse than it had originally been. It poured out with blood for literally ten minutes and he was very sore. We got back in contact with the vet and she said that we would be back at square one.

So now, it has been a week since he reopened the wound and he seems to be rather happy. He hobbles around a little, but seems bright and clear of infection. There will still be many weeks of bandaging and no work ahead of us.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-16-2013, 05:02 AM
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Good lord, someone wrap this poor creature in some bubble wrap!
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-16-2013, 05:54 AM
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I'm sure some of you may have noticed me not being around on the forum much recently. And I have a very large update to write about Chinga. As some of you know, he is one of the most accident prone horses on Earth.

We have had terrible weather here and our whole paddock goes underwater and turns to clay like mud. Anyway, the whole paddock had cleared up very nicely and there was a small amount of clay left, Chinga had a shoe which was coming loose - the farrier was coming out to replace them the next day. Of course, Chinga had other plans. He managed to have pull his shoe off, and put it into the bottom of his hoof (for those who don't know, this is the second time he has done this). My friend found him very lame, and called me.

I arrived, vet came out immediately and she said that it was very wide/deep and we were questioning if it had touched the bone or not. So, we gave him a few injections, bandaged it up and put him in overnight. She said she would be back early the next morning to check on him, we came to the conclusion that it had missed the bone (however, only by millimeters) and that I would need to keep him in, give him penicillin daily and she would come out and give him a course of antibiotics for the next four days.

The weather, deciding to be unhelpful, literally rained for almost a month straight making EVERYTHING soaking wet.

After two weeks of being kept in, he began going crazy from not being outside/with the other horses. So, I was allowed to put him in a small pasture by himself. He was happy and it healed much quicker since he was no longer pacing around in a small space and happily grazing. Two weeks later, we decided to put his shoes back on and put him out with the rest of the horses - although, still keeping him bandaged. Putting his shoes on would mean that the wound would be kept off the ground.

Although, THE DAY (Saturday last week), we were going to put shoes back on. Chinga managed to stand on a hoofpick out in the paddock (He is kept out with 20 other horses, the matter of someone leaving a hoof pick in the middle of the paddock has been dealt with) and open up his wound, worse than it had originally been. It poured out with blood for literally ten minutes and he was very sore. We got back in contact with the vet and she said that we would be back at square one.

So now, it has been a week since he reopened the wound and he seems to be rather happy. He hobbles around a little, but seems bright and clear of infection. There will still be many weeks of bandaging and no work ahead of us.
Hi There,

Hows it going I'm Victoria, occasionally my husband will also be using this account but today its me.. anyway we had a load of mud in our last yard sucking shoes off all the time. The is a product that works really well particularly if your horse already has a hoof injury, we used them to keep the muck out.

Just a Thought....

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-16-2013, 09:27 AM
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how do you get that on their foot?
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Really Chinga, really? Sorry to hear that Maddie. Hope he decides to make the rest of the year (or next dozen years) uneventful.

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how do you get that on their foot?
Its very stretchy... Oh and I need to stress again that we dont sell it by the way, I have been told off for mentioning that we sold something in a post/s.

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Thanks everyone for your well wishes!

I'll definitely be looking up those boots. :)
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You and your horse have my sympathy. Hope he heals from this bout quickly.

I've had a couple horses in my care that seemed accident prone. The worst was a horse I renamed Lucky. Kind of a plain looking Appaloosa, just a good, basic riding horse.

If a flock of birds flew overhead, you know what landed on Lucky. If he was being ridden through forest and turned his head, stuff would snag on his bridle. Once he got curious in a stable yard where he and several others where resting and somehow got himself into the remnant of the silo. We had to sling him up and lift him out with a loader. Cuts and scrapes from simply walking past the same things dozens of other horses walked past were the norm for Lucky. If a shoe was going to come half off, it was Lucky's.

He finally got very lucky and a young girl and her family bought him. They knew his history, and thought it all "cute." I always wondered if his overall luck improved.
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