Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Northern Florida
A horrible thing happened
Some horse people that I know had an accident with one of their mares.
They were competing and somehow the reins (not split) got up over the mares head, she stepped on them and her tongue got completely severed off.
They rushed the mare to the University vet hospital in the state that they were in. Over the phone the vet said that the tongue could possibly be reattached. When they got there and the mare was evaluated, they were told that the tongue could not be reattached. I'm not really sure why. Because of how much was removed or where it was at or what have you. The surgeon did say that the tongue would heal and the horse should be able to cope. Of course never again to wear a bit. The mare is very well trained and if she makes it should be fine to ride. I'm trying to wrap my head around how she is going to get any nutrition while her tongue is healing.
I felt so bad for the horse, the owners and the child that this horse belongs to.
You know, part of me says that this was an accident as it was not intentional but I don't really feel that it was an unavoidable accident. They were using a twisted wire snaffle bit with non split reins and it just seems to me that it was possibly an accident waiting to happen.
Here's my thing. The child feels just horrible and wishes it was them that got hurt and not the horse. How do you deal with this. Part of me thinks that you should talk to the kid and just try to soothe their hurt. Another part of me thinks that this could be a good lesson of how to take culpability and also be walked through the process of self forgiveness and forgiveness of others. Is this too much for a young teen?
I'll keep you posted on how the mare is doing. This just happened yesterday. Right now the horse is still at the vet hospital.
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