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post #1 of 20 Old 10-19-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else have a horse like this...

Ok, tonight we go out to the farm, which is always an adventure because we just never know what Beau did today....

He is always either chewing on the barn or fencing, testing the fences, hurting Epona, or hurting himself.

Today he hurt himself. Probably not bad as some of you have seen, but the worst WE have seen.....so we freak out...... I am used to dealing with his minor scrapes and wounds, but this one is uglier than usual....

Apparently, even with 23 acres of green pasture to graze on....he decided to relive his days on the track by going on a running spree....

Ok, but WHY near the gate, which was opened and has one of those old time latches sticking out on the upper part????

He ran right into the latch area SO HARD he bent the entire 6 foot long heavy metal gate'

The result to the gate: it bowed outward...permanently. BO replaced it immediately with another lightweight gate with NO latch. When we took the bowed gate off and laid it on the ground it was bent so bad it looked like a smiley face .

The result to Beau: two puncture/scrape wounds right in front of his hip bone. Top one isnt bad at all. The bottom one is ugly...and deep. He is obviously in distress when we wash or touch it and walks with a slight tenderness...you know, he'll place that leg down slowly and softly... so he is in slight pain, but nothing that would keep him from acting like his annoying self. He does put weight on it....and walks with a slight limp only someone who knew him would be able to detect.

After a vet consult, she concluded that since he is up to date on his tetanus, and IS bearing weight on that leg (so any fracture to the hip bone is unlikely) that we should just keep it clean as we've been doing and we could give him some of the banamine we had on hand ...

However, she did mention that banamine is hard on the stomach, and since Beau is a colic risk due to having two mild and quickly resolved bouts ....probably gas colic.....we decided not to give him banamine....just to be on the safe side.

He is in some discomfort but not enough to warrant to risk of stomach issues from the banamine due to the fact that he has shown himself to be one to develop stomach issues easily.

SOOO.... how do those of you with accident prone horses deal with it?

At his last barn he gashed his neck horribly....it was about six inches long, luckily superficial but still quite ... well, ugly.....


In the past, He's cut himself on something near his coronary band, gashed himself in the head on who knows what twice and scraped off hunks of fur on his face, he also still has his wolf teeth for some reason (???) and since he loves to chew on his lead ropes, he keeps getting the wolf teeth caught in the metal link where the latch is and almost ripped one of them out once...it was bleeding....

He has also cut his lip wide open on who knows what....

He can't be the only horse like this. I am sure others out there know exactly how it feels wondering HOW your horse will injure itself next time....

*sigh*

I hate seeing my baby in pain, even if it is only minor....but my son, who is the horse's owner, made the right call in my opinion in opting to NOT give him the banamine.

So it's washing with betadine and putting vetericyn(or something like that) on it. Anyone ever use that stuff??

and waiting for the next adventure....

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-19-2011, 12:39 AM
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Not a vet...but do you mean you didnt give bute? because of stomache issues. Bute is what is normally given for my horses in pain....UNLESS they are colicing and then we give the banamine. One is like asparin (bute) one is a muscle relaxer like flexeril (banamine)
But regardless, I have had a few injuries with my horses but the only thing I can suggest to avoid too many more is walk every fence line as often as you can. I use ash dust after a couple of days of vetercin, if it isnt drying up and healing. The ash keeps the wound dry and flys off of it.

Hope that helps
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-19-2011, 12:48 AM
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Some horses, like people, are just accident prone. You can bubble wrap them and they'll still get hurt. Poor guy but boys will be it's right? :)
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post #4 of 20 Old 10-19-2011, 01:17 AM
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Maybe he needs some Calm & Cool to settle him down a bit. Poor guy, I am sorry he keeps hurting himself. I guess you really just have to look at all the fencing and gates and make sure there are no sharp edges.
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-19-2011, 10:25 AM
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I got a mare the exact same way. At 2 she decided she was missing her buddies too much when I was bathing her so she flipped out took off thru 2 electric fences dragging part of the metal she had been attached to that gave..she tore up her rear legs and hock so bad we thought she was going to have to be put down. She healed, is sound, but in colder weather gets a bit stiff so have her on MSM. At four she injured the area in front of where she had previously injured her hock, pretty deep cut, finally called a vet out...torn tendon sheath. Fun...had to see the vet every week to have it rewrapped until the sheath healed(thank god it did). Go to the next year, she founders...so at the vet again every 5 weeks for trimming and xrays...she has recovered from that, 8 months and some pretty good vet bills but we got past it. Shes not over weight and amazingly she used to be a hard keeper..so still not sure how the founder happened. Then this year, due to our drought, pigeon fever. And who gets it out of 3 horses, my mare. Again another vet visit, and stall rest. Im telling you the moon or something is hung wrong over my poor mare. Especially when your vet know that when your calling its usually about Breeze (my mare). Then add to the fact I have to listen to my husband (who is not a horse lover) go on and on about how much I have had to spend on her. Oh, and just to add, when I sent her to a trainer, she spent 3 days on banamine because she was trying to collic due to her separation issues. Which I will add she has since outgrown thank god. So you not the only one...and the weird thing is, my mare is my calmest horse to deal with usually. But put something out there that might hurt her, she finds it. And have used vetricyn, and it does work. My mare is now only 6, so I dont even want to think of the years she still has LOL
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-19-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Our boy is only 6 too.....

And the weird part is that he is SO inquisitive and nosey and mouthy that we have to baby proof the fields and the barn. And even with our best effort, he STILL finds ways to hurt himself or things to get into. Example: bottled water. you cannot leave your bottles sitting around the barn if he is doing a barn walk or anywhere within his reach....he will chew on them, and the plastic cap is a choke hazard. We also cannot leave change lying around the barn or risk the coins falling out of our pockets....he'll eat the coins

I cannot imagine WHY he was running so close to the gate anyhow when the pasture they are currently in is about 6 acres???
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-20-2011, 01:10 AM
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Because he's a horse and they are prone to hurting themselves?

Glad you got everything taken care of. But don't worry, your boy isn't special in the fact he's the only one that hurts himself
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post #8 of 20 Old 10-20-2011, 01:30 AM
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I have had a few accident prone horses in the past...you just learn to deal, unfortunately!!! You keep their areas safe as you can, and they still manage to hurt themselves at some point it seems!!

I am so glad the mare I have now isn't too accident prone; she's rather prissy, really...

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post #9 of 20 Old 10-20-2011, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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He seemed to be in alot less pain today....yesterday when he cocked one of his legs, it was always the sore one he rested.

Today we noticed that he had cocked the leg that wasn't hurt, thereby standing on the other three, one of which was the sore one.

He didn't like me messing with the deep wound on his hip...but didn't seem in pain, at least not like yesterday.

He's young, he's healthy...and I have a germ phobia....so the wound is as clean as a wound can be on a horse, and healing nicely.

My nerves, on the other hand, are NOt HEALING nicely.... It's like "what is Beau going to do today" every single day.....and you dread the answer.

WHY can't he be like Epona....she never gets into trouble, never hurts herself, doesn't stick her nose where it doesn't belong..

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I suspect it's a OTTB thing lol... my guy finds every possible thing under the sun to hurt or bang himself on. And to make matters more ... amusing, he STILL hasn't figured out the herd dynamics - he's been there more than a year.

My guy thinks the world will move out of his way, and despite that he isn't normally prone to wild galloping fits - why run when you can eat? - he does find any number of things to step on, bump into and cut skin on. And he is usually the last horse to move when someone decides to be grouchy and starts nipping or kicking.

I've learned to just keep a bulging supply of wound care on hand, as well as some MTG for hair growth. One thing I will say about having an accident prone horse is that you get really good at bandaging :P
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