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MoonlightEm 04-13-2008 07:16 PM

Tongue Cut
Oh my god, I feel so bad. My precious new Paint gelding got a huge gash in his tongue today due to my negligence. I was going to hook him up to crossties and was turning him around. I bent over to get his halter and while I was doing that he decided to investigate the over-the rail halter/bridle hanger. He got hooked up and pulled back. The result was a nasty cut to the tongue.
Apparently he went into shock after I left (he's boarded) and layed down in a foot of mud. I got a call to go back to the barn and walk him. Now, I guess his tongue will never be the same again. I feel just awful - I need to be more attentive. I had an older mare before and she never did these inquisitive, playful gelding things. Now I'm told he'll have this big scar all his life. My poor baby. I especially feel bad that I wasn't watching him when it happened. Will I be able to ride him with a bit again? If only I'd been watching his head all the time! I just had no idea he could get into such mischief in just seconds. Has anyone else gone through a tongue wound? Do I have to go to a hackamore or bosal now? Em

JustDressageIt 04-13-2008 07:32 PM

I'm sorry I can't answer your questions - it sounds like an issue you'll have to talk over with your vet - but I just wanted to say: Em, don't be too hard on yourself. We've all let our attention slip at one point or another, and we've all had freak accidents happen. You simply can't watch him every second - accidents do happen!

i-love-stitch 04-14-2008 07:42 AM

Dont concentrate too much on it being your fault, unfortunatly it happened but now just concentrate on doing the things its going to take to make it better. Accidents happen and we are only human, we cant watch everything every second. I would say it really depends where on his tongue the cut is and if it did any nerv damage whether your going to be able to ride in a bit or not. But JD said, its really a question for your vet. I hope everything works out, keep us updated!

Vidaloco 04-14-2008 07:54 AM

As everyone else said, accidents happen :( It will depend on where the cut is I think. TIme will tell if you will be able to use a bit. Once it heals you will know more.
I did a stupid thing too. My husband and I were talking about replacing the windows in my chicken coop with plexiglass (horses lot is next to it). The next day I went out after a bad storm. One of my 2 year olds had broken the glass and cut herself right above the eye :shock: I was just lucky that was as bad as it got. Someone might have cut their throat. Its always something :lol:

Ryle 04-14-2008 12:10 PM

Oh wow. They always find a way to get into trouble.

What kind of bit or bridle you will be able to use is going to depend entirely on where on the tongue the cut is and how it heals. You should talk to your vet about his recommendation based upon actually seeing the wound.

Dumas'_Grrrl 04-14-2008 01:50 PM

I'm so sorry bout your boy :(

Don't beat yourself up...these things just happen!

Don't know what to do about the bit.. I'd talk to your vet or an experienced trainer.

We live on a working cattle ranch and it seems that the feed truck or pick-ups are forever dropping things off their trucks...I'm a wreck about it all the time...picking up pieces of barb wire, baleing wire, med bottles,...Horses are gonna get hurt...Just do the best you can, we can't anticipate every concieveable way a horse can get in trouble..

MistyAcres 04-14-2008 05:26 PM

The best thing you can do is not beat yourself up. These things happen. My mare cut hers nearly off (where the tongue connects to the bottom of the mouth) last August. As of yesterday , it is about 98% healed. Let the tongue heal itself. You will notice that your gelding will slobber and drool a lot more over the next few months. Keep an eye on his weight, as it will be a bit more painful for him to eat. You may want to check his tongue on a regular basis to make sure that no food gets stuck (this will help you avoid infection and prolonged healing). I had to remove particles a few times from my mares tongue. If you are riding him, switch to a hackamore until he has totally healed up.

Duskylove 04-14-2008 05:33 PM

Aww poor guy. I just wanted to say that I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
As others have said, don't be too hard on yourself about it. Just use this experience as a lesson, because horses can and will get into anything. We just have to do our best to prevent accidents from happening.
Good luck =].

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