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Tayz 12-28-2011 12:09 AM

riding my horse after his incident
so some of you know of how my horse ran threw 3 electric fences, face planted over a barbed wire with back legs flailing in the air, got caught up in it then ripped free and bolted?
Well hes been on the mend but I dont know how long i should leave him until i start riding him again. Hes got no swelling anymore, just the cuts and some of them are peeling.
So heres a pics from about 4, maybe 5 days ago of his chest.
How long do you think i should give him before i put him back into work. anyone got an idea? the worst part now would be the eg

TexasBlaze 12-28-2011 12:12 AM

personally id stay off him until he was fully healed. Id be terrified of breaking open his cuts. Its quite painful to tear cuts open. Maybe even enough so to get a rider hurt by a horse in pain. Thats just my personal opinion though =) glad he's okay

kblakedvm 12-28-2011 12:54 AM

I would wait until the two large cuts are more healed - ie: scabbed over with no tissue visible beneath the scab). Maybe another week or so

Tayz 12-28-2011 01:06 AM

Thanks for your opinion, I went up to see him just now and his wounds have taken a turn for the worst. looks like no riding or excerise for a while now. Just dont know what I'm gonna do, I can't even get near him atm coz hes in a massive paddock with 6 others that keep him away and its really stressful coz i cant get near him and so I cant put any sprays on him. Thinking we may need to float him out to my riding club where i can clean his wounds up.
heres a pic i took today. Im so panicked right now, i just dont know what to do

Kayty 12-28-2011 01:24 AM

Why can't you just get a halter on him and take him out of the paddock to treat?

Once those bigger wounds are closed over, I would definitely get the chiro or physio out to give him a once over. Flipping over onto his neck or back could very well have put him out, and you want to minimise any chance of discomfort or pain to him when you get back on. Getting in the saddle when his back is out, will cause a heck of a lot more problems than what you have now.

kblakedvm 12-28-2011 01:36 AM

The wounds don't look too bad, I would take him to a place where you can keep him a little restricted (ie: less walking around) and clean the wounds daily.
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SorrelHorse 12-28-2011 02:06 AM

Agreed. Definately get a way to catch him (I know it might be hard with the others, but get some friends, or drop some grain if you have to) and get him put up somewhere to heal. Then clean the wounds, spray some stuff on it. I use Veterycin.

Tayz 12-28-2011 11:13 PM

thankyou guys, the owners of the paddock are going to help us catch him tomorrow so that i can spend the weekend with him

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