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post #1 of 17 Old 07-03-2011, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Worst Horse Injuries?

My gelding decided to earn his title of 'Horse' a couple of weeks ago and injure his hip (he got spooked during a thunderstorm and ran into the shelter in his pasture... at least from what we can tell), so he's a pasture ornament for a month aside from daily cold showers (or use of a large cold pack), daily Bute for a week, and Adequan once a week for 4 weeks. But it got me thinking; it's a pretty mild injury compared to what he could have done.

So, what's the worst injury your horse has had?

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-03-2011, 05:40 PM
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My girl got hung up on something unknown and tore a huge chunk out of her neck. An inch or so deep with the skin tag still in tact. I was out of town, and by the time her caretakers saw it, it was too late for the vet to stitch.
It had to be rinsed daily with water and then betadine, then an ointment applied. She also got an antibiotic from the vet that we had to give her for a month.
It healed nicely with minimal scaring, thankfully.

My girl is very accident prone, but all of her injuries are pretty minor. No shortage of cuts and bruises with Sunny!
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My guys Storm, I've had him since he was 6 weeks old (we bought him and his mom together) and he has had a few injuries. There are 3, yes 3, that stand out the most.

1st) Storm was about 6mths old, he was boarded at an old cattle barn with pipe stalls with kick boards attached for safety. The end stall had a bit that came out from the wall, a round piece a tube went through and then the door to the stall with another round piece a tube went through. The round pieces lined up so you put the tube through to keep the door shut. Anyway, this particular stall had a little bit wider opening then the others, not so big that a full grown horse could do anything but just big enough that Storm was able to get his head stuck between the bit that came from the wall and the door. He must have reared up in the stall, got his head in the opening and then wasn't able to touch the ground with his front feet. I was out on a ride and there where other boarders in the barn. They went up to the house, and called 911. The fire department came, along with some police. We ended up riding back from the trails to see 2 fire trucks and 2 police cars (we where hoping for a car accident, but it wasn't to be). It turned out that the fire department decided, in their wisdom, to try and cut the bars around my horse with a saws all or a rotary saw or something like that. Anyway, the saw bounced off the bar and promptly cut open my horses front leg just under his knee. Suffice to say Storm then reared up and was able to get free. They called the vet but by the time I got there, blood was spurting (they cut a minor artery) from his leg, we put wonder dust on it to stop the bleeding. The vet came, checked him out and he was fine but the spot where he was cut will not grow hair back.

2nd) Again Storm. We got Storm gelded but it was a little early in the season and still a little cold out. He ended up getting over clotted so the vet had to come out to re-open the incision and pull out all of the clots. He was out with his herd and his play buddy (who the two of them used to play fight, rear at each other, etc.) wanted to play with him but Storm wasn't moving very well. Anyway the other horse ran him into the hay feeder and Storm gouged out a huge chunk of flesh out of his back leg in the muscly/fatty part of his leg. That one was nasty cuz we couldn't wrap it.

3rd) It's Storm's first show day, he's on the trailer by himself (which he was fine with) and we where on the way to pick up another horse. We went through an area with horse and buggys and one went by the trailer. He had a little freak out, reared up, flipped his head up (thank good otherwise he would have hit his pole) and poked a hole in his forehead where his star would be. He ripped his head open from the hole up to his forelock. We didn't find this out until we got to the other barn and went to open the trailer and saw that his hay net was down. I then took him off to discover the blood dripping down his head and that you could, literally, open his skin up to reveal the muscle underneath. Anyway, we had to put him BACK on the trailer and take him home to his barn so the vet could see him. He went on like a champ and was given 14 stitches to close up his head.

Out of all of these things, none of them scared except the one on his front leg, but that one only doesn't really grow hair.

The joys of horses lol
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-03-2011, 10:21 PM
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There are two...the first was more asthetically horrific, and the other is actually lameness-wise severe.

Years ago one of my dad's old Percheron mares (we don't have her anymore) hurt her leg pretty bad. I think she got it caught in wire? I don't know, it was a long time ago. I still remember that pussing, oozing, swollen purple and yellow wound on her back leg. It took a good few months and lots of antibiotics and such to heal up. Wonder Dust was our best friend for a while there. It healed alright, but she always had a big bump on her leg.

My younger mare blew her shoulder out being chased by the alpha mare (at the time). She was off for a year or more lame.

There have been lots of injuries besides that, but I consider myself lucky those are the worst.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-04-2011, 01:19 AM
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For us, nothing catastrophic.

Epona is not accident prone. She doesn't move much so that tends to keep her from injuring herself.

Beau, our rambunctious OTTB, however is never ever still....he is always on the move.

At his last barn where he was staying for a few weeks until a spot opened up at the barn where we kept Epona.... we got a call one evening...he'd gotten a scratch on his neck we were told. They had no idea HOW>.....ummm.....could it be that barbed wire you use in the paddocks, hmmmm???

Well, his "scratch" turned out looking like this:

Not a horrific deep laceration to be sure, but not quite what I deem a "scratch" either.

Vet came out and gave him a tetnus shot, told us to keep up the good work keeping it super duper clean and to watch for wound and systemic signs of infection.

That was our worst injury, thank God.
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-04-2011, 11:48 AM
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My barrel horse Storm (must be the name ^) had a wreck with a fly sheet and waterer. Not sure exactly what happened but when we found her it looked like a leg strap had hung up on the waterer and in her struggle to get free she stripped all the skin and muscle from her hind leg from above her hock to below her fetlock. The tendons were also torn and dragging on the ground. All that was there was bone. She had lost so much blood that it took four of us to get her out of the pen and into the barn. Three vets came and all agreed that she would never be rideable again, if she could even recover enough to walk. IV fluids, changing bandages for eight months, over a year to finally heal over. I never took pictures, it was too gruesome. The leg did heal up, including the tendons reattaching. Storm never gave up and she beat the odds. The wreck happened in 2003 and she ran barrels again in 2005, 2006 and 2007....then a car accident in December 2007 took her life.
This is her competing in 2007.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-04-2011, 11:57 AM
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I havent had any big issues with my horse thank god, but i did have a friend a few weeks ago have her horse attacked by a rotty & dalmation & pit mix. i have nothing against the breeds it was the owner who had trained them to be attack/protecter dogs. he was a hateful man that would shoot any animal that came in his yard- no matter the size. (it was fenced in so no horses were shot thank god.) anyways they jumped on her horse like a tiger on a zebra and ripped a huge chunk out of her neck, it became infected and horrible oders, after about 5mnths of antibotices, bute etc she was healed and now has a chunk missing out of her neck, its in the shape of a moon. she hadnt named her yet but we all thought moon was perfect for her.

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One of our horses had his withers crushed by another horse. Because the shoulders were not involved we decided to do surgery. The first one removed about 4 litres of pooled blood, puss and bone fragments. Then they had to lay him down to remove a large part of bone wedged between two vertebrae pressing on the spinal cord. After those two initial surgeries there were a few others to remove dead tissue and debride and drain the wound. He had an open hole in his back for 18 to 20 months and various scary infections (flesh eating disease for one) but healed up fine and was able to be ridden again with no issues except not having withers lol.
Same horse also had a devastating abscess in his hoof that required removal of over 50% of his hoof tissue and resulted in mild founder. He wasn't the same after that one.
Another horse ended up with a tooth abscess that worked its way into her sinus and facial bones that required drastic facial surgery to remove the infected bone and sinus tissue.

We've also healed various "to the bone" leg injuries with minimal scarring. And of course dealing with lameness and arthritis.

Yep.. horses are walking vet bills!
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-04-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
Yep.. horses are walking vet bills!
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Isn't that the truth I'm just glad that this time Romeo's injury was as minor as it was; aside from the Adequan, the only real bill we had this time was the vet coming out to check on him, no surgery or stitches or anything.

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post #10 of 17 Old 07-05-2011, 06:40 AM
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Probably this one...

The entire thread about this wound is here:
Comanche's wound (graphic pics beware)

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