Help please , my horse went through some fence and his back leg is cut up
I went outside today and noticed my horse Scooter was out and I was like what the heck!? I went and put his halter on him and started checking him out to see if he was hurt and once I got to his back legs , I noticed that his back right one was cut up and bleeding! ( They don't look deep and some of his leg is a little scraped up , like if you were riding a bike and fell ). I strarted to walk him back to the pasture and he was walking ok , didn't give me any problmes . I started looking around wondering what could have happened and I see that he has taken out some of the barb wire fence , prob about 50 feet of so ( or maybe like 3 car lengths , sorry not good at measuring lol) We have a driveway that goes up our barn up a hill and I had seen some blood right there , so figuring that is where he got the barbed wire off , there is some barb wire and like 3 posts right there , where its from there and like up a steep him that this fence is taken down ! I went to town and got some stuff to doctor him up , came back he was out in the field eating . I took him and sprayed some stuff on it and cleaned it really good and than put a wrap on it. He did pretty good for me , I mean he didn't try and kick me or anything. I don't know what could have caused him to go through that fence ! Does any one have any helpful advice or similar stories?! I feel sorry for my poor Scooter!!
*I posted a picture of where this happened , didn't know if it would help or not , and when I go and clean up his leg again I will take pics and post them up on his leg*
I'm curious to if he tried to jump it or what. Was the fencing loose in that area before and he could have just tried to walk through??? Are there other horses he could have been trying to get to? Was it a new area that you put him in and he didn't like it?? Do you have any large enough wild animals that could have scared and chased him?
Sorry for all the Q's, just some things that popped to my head.
The first thing I was thinking is that another animal scared him and the he tried to jump it and caught his back leg , but I am not sure , the area right there is steep and he couldve tripped...They normally don't go up there ! I just don't understand it ? Just him and Cash are in the pasture (along with 2 goat friends) and they are have free range over the area ! We have had them for a little over a week but I just don't know what had happened. I don't even know why he was up there to begin with , normally they don't go up there because its so wooded!
*This is where they normally are; back past the dense area of trees they is a hill top that is cleared that they go to alot*
Yah, that is weird! Lots of nice area and he went and did that. I don't get it,:?
Beautiful area by the way!!
Infection is the risk.
Wash the wound gently and carefully with Hibiscrub.
Check every day to make sure the horse does not go lame - if the leg seems to stiffen, then call the vet to give an injection of anti biotic.
Remove all barbed wire and replace with horse friendly wire fencing - preferably topped with electrfied tape to keep the horse off the wire.
I have some horse anibiotic here , and yea that is confusing why he would go up there when he has plenty of room to do whatever...he is 21 years old and don't want anything to happen to him! The whole property we live on is barbed wire , and the place he came from was the same ....I just don't want it to get infected but am thankful nothing is broke!!
Tetanus, has he had this??? If not you may want to give him a shot.
I believe he has but I have been trying to contact the previous owner to make sure , but I see another trip to town to get it !
Yes, yes, better safe than sorry.
I really hope you consider replacing the barbed wire. Sure, it's time consuming & costs some to do but doing so could save you & your horse in the long run.
I once looked at a potential boarding barn. The place seemed great, just what I was wanting- until I saw barbed wire on the farthest parameter fence. The owner assured me it wouldn't be a problem. How would she know for sure? It wasn't a risk I was willing to take.
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