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Amarea 09-03-2010 11:07 PM

Monty got hurt *graphic images*
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I have some orphaned kittens that I've been trying to get rid of and a friend of mine wanted one so I agreed to meet her at Indy's tonight so she could pick one out (the kittens are in the barn). After we messed with the kittens, my friend asked to see the horses. We went out into the pasture and were petting Stiffler. Monty is Stiffler's shadow and I noticed him on the other side of Stiffler. When Stiffler moved his butt, all I saw was red. Monty's nose was covered in blood. I freaked.

I started calling Indy back to back as I didn't know how else to reach her or if she was even home (I hadn't looked when I came in). When she answered I asked her if she knew he was hurt. She said they had just gotten done riding less than 2 hours prior so it had to have happened within that time frame.

We brought him in and Indy cleaned it up. We knew he was going to need stitches. She called her vet and he couldn't make it so I called mine. He was already on a call so it was going to take him awhile. We headed into the pasture to see what he had gotten injured on. Of all the stuff in the pasture that could have hurt him like that, it ended up that he had gotten stuck on... get this... A COCKLE BURR!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock:

The stalk of the cockle burr was snapped about a foot from the ground but because it was still green, it didn't actually break apart. It just bent down. It looks as if it may have went into the side of his rope halter and broken as it was stuck thru there which would have caused him to panic. We're not sure if the cockle burr is actually what cut him or if it was the halter being jerked around.

It took the vet about 2 hours or so to show up but he finally did about 8:30. He sedated Monty and stitched up his nose. He said it's possible Monty broke the bone but there is nothing the can be done if he did. Monty was VERY tender around that area and had a lot of swelling too. My thought was if he panicked when that burr broke, the part that didn't break could have been repeatedly poking him in the nose. Even as sedated as he was, when the vet touched that area of his nose, he reared up. About made me wet myself LOL as I wasn't expecting it!

The vet also took a peek at his teeth and said he's getting close to 4 which matches what Indy was told when she got him. I just feel so bad for poor Monty... That boy can't see to catch a break!

Here is the photo of his nose right after the vet numbed it up. I will see if I can get the others off my phone.

Solon 09-03-2010 11:12 PM

OMG! Poor horse!!!

How scary, I hope he heals up real quickly!

Amarea 09-03-2010 11:13 PM

I hope he does too :( The poor boy had lost so much blood he was leaning on Stiffler to help him stay up. It broke my heart because this baby has been through soooo much already...

ShutUpJoe 09-03-2010 11:16 PM

WOW! Hope he gets better fast. Poor horse.

Amarea 09-03-2010 11:19 PM

BTW, that pic was taken about 2+ hours since I found him. Indy had cleaned his face up a few times before the vet got there but you can clearly see just how badly it was bleeding!

Charis 09-03-2010 11:22 PM

Yikes, very scary. I hope he heals quickly and well. Do you turn out in rope halters??

Amarea 09-03-2010 11:29 PM

He was turned out in one yes as he's a rescue and a VERY difficult catch. Indy has his Road to Recovery Thread in the member journal area.

Indy has had him for only a few months and he seriously has progressed by LEAPS AND BOUNDS since she got him. He is still rather people shy and as I stated, he's an incredibly difficult catch which is why he was turned out in a rope halter. All of the other horses are turned out without anything.

Amarea 09-03-2010 11:30 PM

Charis 09-03-2010 11:33 PM

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but rope halters, imo, should never ever be turned out in. They catch on so many things, and the very design is non-turhout friendly, and actually quite dangerous to turnout in. If you have to turn out in a halter, I strongly suggest you look into a nylon halter with leather crown or a full leather halter with a thinner crown. Sorry it happened, but please take this as a lesson learned. Whenever I see rope halters on horses that are turned out, I cringe and worry as to what they're going to get caught on, if the loop is going to catch or if they're going to step through it. You guys are doing an awesome job of rehabbing Monty, keep up the good work.

Solon 09-03-2010 11:38 PM

Nylon would be much better. Our BO won't turn horses out in ropes. If a boarder doesn't have a web halter, she'll let them use one of hers.

Also, I would check around the field for any other sticks that he might get caught up.

That picture is just crazy intense!!

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