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post #1 of 25 Old 08-31-2015, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Mystery pasture injuries

My mare's pasture mate looks like she's been to hell in back; my mare looks nearly perfect; the logical conclusion is that my mare must be beating up her pasture mate. We have a video camera set up but the first set of footage didn't show anything.

Can you help me ID this mystery injury? Is her pasture mate just really clumsy?
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-31-2015, 11:00 AM
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Looks like potential teeth marks to me! But then the gaps are wide... unless your girl now needs braces ;)

She would have caught herself rubbing, rolling.. anything! If there is something a horse can injure itself on.. it will.

Doesn't look deep so should heal quickly. Are there any hoof mark prints on her? Or yours?
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post #3 of 25 Old 08-31-2015, 11:09 AM
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Is it possible that she tried to buddy up with other horses in adjacent pastures and they weren't ready to make friends?
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Doesn't look like a bite or hoof mark to me.
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post #5 of 25 Old 08-31-2015, 11:46 AM
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I have seen bite marks similar to that. It happens when one horse goes in for the bite, mouth wide open, one side of the teeth catch (usually the top) with the victim, almost at the same, scooting forward causing the teeth in contact to scrape off some skin before contact is gone. If it was a bite, given the location it probably occurred because the mare didn't see or ignored another horse's signal to move out of the way.

On the other hand, it could be a scrape from butt scratching against something rough. I guess we'll only find out when a witness capable of typing a report to the forum happens upon an act in progress
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I agree with what everyone has been said above--could have been your mare, but it also could have been a lot of other things, too! IE--Rolling, scratching, simply walking/running by something sharp and brushing up against it...
What's the pasture like geographically? Are there trees/shrubs/patches of dirt?

What happens if her owner come to the conclusion that it was your mare?

She's /so/ cute, by the way! At least, based on what I can see of her face~

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #7 of 25 Old 08-31-2015, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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The owner is reviewing the next set of video footage to determine what happened. The first set of videos didn't show anything; well, except it showed my mare eating leaves of a tree which explains why my mare always has tiny scrapes all over her face ;)

If these injuries are from conflict with another horse, I hope it's the geldings next door and not my mare.
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Here is a picture of my mare fighting with the gelding next door. You can get a better view of the pasture in this pic too. There is a metal run in shed and a tree.
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Looks like potential teeth marks to me! But then the gaps are wide... unless your girl now needs braces ;)

She would have caught herself rubbing, rolling.. anything! If there is something a horse can injure itself on.. it will.

Doesn't look deep so should heal quickly. Are there any hoof mark prints on her? Or yours?
LOL; no need for braces.

Tammy has other injuries on her that are obvious bites; only a couple deep ones that drew blood; everything else is superficial.
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Could be teeth marks, could be self-inflicted accidental boo-boos. I had a horse who was likely the most accident prone animal on Earth. He would come in COVERED in scratches, dings, and missing patches of hair. I stayed at the barn overnight and for a full day to watch him, since we thought he was getting picked on by one of the 7 other horses. Turns out he was being bullied, but also was running into trees, distracted by the in heat mares, tripping in gopher holes, rubbing up along trees and fences, rolling right next to a wood pile XC jump and just really being clumsy. Even tripped over a small log and scraped up his knee.
Some horses, like some people, are just so accident prone!
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