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post #1 of 23 Old 11-30-2019, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Miss Accident Prone strikes again [bloody pics]


If I tried to list every injury this horse has had, I would be here all day. Suffice it to say that in the safest paddock in the world she would (and has!) still find something to hurt herself on! She has scars on all four legs, her chest, and her face. All from her own stupidity.

This is the horse that deliberately kicks fences because they got in her way. I have never seen her kick a person or another horse but she will beat the everliving heck out of a fence, and she comes off second best EVERY time. You'd think she'd learn, but nope, apparently she likes draining me dry of every last cent. Name a type of fencing, I'll tell you what she did on it.

I have backyard-hack treated injuries on her before when I had meds on hand, but this one called for painkillers and antibiotics and I didn't have any on hand so this one was a vet job. Vet came, cleaned it, told me she could stitch but it probably wouldn't hold unless I wanted to pay for button sutures (it's right on her hock) and she's a showjumper so I really don't care about scars. Bandaged, dispensed medication, and went. I don't know what the bill is yet, but I have already made arrangements to pay it off, which takes a huge strain off my poor recently unemployed wallet.

We have a treatment plan from my vet, which we will be following. To begin with, I'll be using solosite (a human burn/wound gel) and then switching to a horse-specific wound cream when what I've ordered gets here. Once I have some good healing tissue coming along I'll pick up some medical grade manuka honey. My vet suggests not using raw honey due to the risk of botulism. It's a small chance but one in a million is no good for people who are that one in a million! When we get proud flesh (and we will - she gets proud flesh painfully easily) she will be treated using a proud flesh treatment such as proud aid.

She is on a course of oral antibiotics and phenylbutazone. She is not ulcer prone so I'm not too worried about ulcer prevention for a short term course of painkillers. She might get a probiotic when she comes off the meds.

The stifle is not dressed and is being treated as an open wound. The hock is bandaged. She also has a small cut on her pastern which is being treated as an open wound as well and is nothing to write home about.

The purpose of this post is for interested parties to follow the healing process. Please refrain from critiquing the treatment plan I am paying my vet for. You are indeed entitled to your opinion, but in this context, sharing it is not constructive. Thank you for your understanding. :)

These pics are day 1, today is day 2. Bandage change on day 4. The horse, for what it's worth, looks magnificent and is utterly unrepentant.
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-30-2019, 09:55 PM
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I have one like that... He'll find a nail to step on in a 3 acre pasture if there is one....


bubble wrap.... Lots of it...

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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
I have one like that... He'll find a nail to step on in a 3 acre pasture if there is one....


bubble wrap.... Lots of it...
In a pristine paddock with very expensive horse safe fencing she shredded her leg on... her own shoe. *facepalm*

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post #4 of 23 Old 12-01-2019, 01:33 AM
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Poor Ikora always getting herself into trouble. Hope she has a speedy recovery and doesn't drain your wallet too bad.

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post #5 of 23 Old 12-01-2019, 02:58 AM
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Bloody! I think you have my horse... bay standy(?) mare... & you can keep her! I've had horses for... many decades now & while I've had the odd vet bill over that time, I've always actually been a bit perplexed at people saying 'horses are accident prone'. Until we got Whinny. I'll tell you about her so you don't feel so alone

She somehow scratched her face not long after we got her, bad enough that she has permanent white scars... & there have been a few more white scars since, from... who knows. Then she got her hind foot in... something and I discovered she had a 'cankle' from a 'rope burn' minor looking injury to the fetlock, no blood even. Got the vet who proscribed keeping it wrapped a few days & giving her bute initially. But it didn't go away, got worse, despite me having vets out to see her 3 more times. She's remained fat up to the hock ever since.

Then a few months after that, she was tied, short & high, but somehow managed to get her hind foot(yes the same one) over the rope - spose scratching her head - & got stuck, fought it... by the time I cut her loose(thank goodness I was close, it was less than a minute), she had a bloody 'rope burn' around that ankle, and when I got the chiro, he found(surprise!) she was all kinds of 'out' from that trick. She has run into fences, fallen over playing at... not much in the paddock, then a few months ago I noticed a hard swelling on the side of her hock(same leg), which vets xrayed & told me it's a 'spavin'(osteo arthritis tho she is only 6yo), but in the last couple of months, it has grown(how did it come up so quickly, get so big so quick??). I sus she was probably kicked while playing, or she fell & bashed it or some such... She is not lame & it's not the least sensitive, just a big, hard lump off the side of her hock. Then, as she likes to JUMP in & out of my stock crate, she jumped out, slipped & skunnied her legs. Then yesterday I discover she's got a bunch of minor cuts around 3/4 fetlocks(amazingly not THE hind foot...).

So... after hearing about yours too, I don't think I'll have another bay mare. They're accident prone. Just like yellow ones are Houdinis - well at least my old Pally & my current buckskin are, so they must all be. So's my yellow dog too BTW, so that PROVES it!
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Well, mine was a liver chestnut mare!

She arrived from Eire along with several others. Knowing the chances of them having strangles during the journey, I turned them all out. As I didn't know these horses they all wore leather head collars. She had scratched her face with her hind leg, got the heel of her shoe caught in the throatlash which had broken, thankfully. She was lame in her hock.

Honestly I no sooner got this mare sound and she found something else to injure herself on.

One windy day I had a ride out, we were going through a gate I was he last to go through. A friend of mine had gone through said gate before we got there. She had ridden a bit away and called out something to me. I didn't get what she had said and yelled to her. With that the mare lunged forward and hit the end of the gate, there was a big spurt of blood. She had hit her neck on the gate catch. I jumped off and couldn't see where the blood had come from, nothing on her but there was blood on the gate and hedge. All she had was a U shaped cut on her wind pipe. Only when I lifted her head did I see that the bolt had punctured right through her thorax.
That was more time off.

So it went on. She wasn't unsound as in having a persistent lameness, she just found things to injure herself on before she was in real work!
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Some horses...

The one that stands out for me was an Appaloosa gelding. Cuts, scrapes, swellings... from who knows what. He would put himself into deep and narrow ravines and need help getting out.

We changed his name from whatever it was originally to "omigosh-he's-done-it-again" to simply "Lucky." Some days he was lucky he survived his own mess ups and some days he was lucky we didn't put him out of our misery.

But, I do remember a cute bay filly... She would hook her hoof over the bottom wire of a smooth wire fence and run it back and forth, causing a cut. She continued when we tried to keep her in the corrals, too, where there was either planks or corral poles. When she did it the second or third time, we tried to culture the area to see if there was some itchy fungus there. No. She did it on both front pasterns and was un-rideable because of the damage. Very odd.
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@loosie - thoroughbred but since you can't see her brands in the photo I don't blame you for thinking stb! I'm not a standy person though, there's something in the way their hips move that disagrees with my back. I've had a few bay mares and shes the only accident prone one I've had. My chestnut mare hurt herself twice. The most accident prone horse I've known was a chestnut gelding though!
Our buckskin is a thinker, not a houdini but she will think her way through any problem (including "I want more food than I can get in my paddock") and if she can find a solution she will. Electric fences have to be on! She gets into things just as much as Ikora does but because she thinks instead of panicking she's never been hurt. I remember walking out of the house when she was a yearling to find her with her front hoof over the electric standoff, just standing there getting belted twice every second and waiting for a human to come save her. No idea how long she'd been there but she just calmly waited to be rescued. No WAY my idiot thoroughbred would do that! Hahah

Thanks all for the support and kind thoughts <3 she is doing well, moving completely sound in walk (2 hoof length overtrack on her injured leg!), even raised a trot because she didn't feel like taking her meds. A little lame in trot but not too terrible. She is walking her yard a lot, but it seems to be helping with the swelling, and she's always been a fencewalker. I'd have to tie her to keep her still if there was structural damage but because it's only skin, movement is good!
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My bay mare seemingly used up all her bad luck in one go. She was attacked by who knows what - some foal-attacking predator with big claws - when she was less than six months old, which is how she ended up at the rescue. She still has all the big white scars on her left flank and puncture wounds all up both sides of her belly and back that ward off any more bad luck! So far *knock on wood* she has not had any vet-worthy accidents, even when my neighbor owned her and kept her among a wooded field full of metal ladders, dropped screws, loose wire, horse-height broken branches, and many more asking-for-an-accident items...

Well, she'll never be a fancy show horse with these scars, but that's just fine because neither of us are really into that anyway
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@blue eyed pony , my buckskin mare is a thinker too. When she was a 3-year-old, she actually fell down a well in the middle of winter and had to be extracted by the local fire department. This is her story: https://www.registercitizen.com/news...m-85307-tbla-2 You can sort of see in the picture at the top that the front of her pasterns had really bad scrapes, but miraculously, that was all that happened to her (besides being wet and cold for who-knows-how-long before they found her). Her breeders, whose farm she was on at the time, credit the good outcome to her waiting for help and not panicking.

She's definitely not a panicky horse even today, which was useful when last year, she somehow got her hind hock caught up in the top strand of our electric fence. Like you described with your horse, she was getting shocked over and over again (still makes me sick to my stomach to think about that)-I think she was hung up like that for about 15-20 minutes, since she was fine when I fed. Only through happy coincidence did I look out the window while I was getting ready to go out to dinner to see the other two horses running in panic in an odd part of the pasture- when I walked out to the hill behind our horse, my heart sank when I saw her with her hind leg straight out behind her like in a snare trap (except high, like hip height), and realized what was happening. The top strand had wrapped around her leg twice, and fortunately my husband was also home so he unplugged the fence while I unwrapped her leg. Again, miraculously, she thrashed a little and did snap the fence post closest to where she was, but mostly she just waited to be rescued. She was a little sore in her hip for a few days, but the only visible result was that she lost the hair on her leg leaving a perfect outline of where the electric rope had been. Poor thing. She's not a daredevil kind of horse and I still have no idea how she got herself into either hairy situation.

Hope your horse heals up quickly!
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