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post #1 of 5 Old 03-23-2008, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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stuck in a fence!

my poor baby Polly got caught in a fence about a week ago. unfortunatly i wast there, but ther yard owner found her in an awful mess!!! she said that she had never seen a horse so tangled. i didnt realise the extent of the damage untill i saw Polly the next day. she had patches rubbed free of hair that were the size of my hand! and also had various stratches on the top of her back.

i would be stretching the truth to call them scratches, wounds more like. now they are peeling, and she is scratching all the time. i try to put things on her wounds, like dis-infectant, creams, bandages, but they are still awful!

what should i do? im worried they will get infected if she continues the way she is!

also, i saw her thismorning trying once again to get at grass outside he paddock. she is fed twice a day, generous preportions, but she is so greedy! how can i stop this happening again!? this time she was calm and didnt struggle, but next time if she pannicks, and struggles theres no doubt in my mnd that she will kill herself.

what can i do!? thanks alot for any advice!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-23-2008, 12:21 PM
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First off, what kind of fencing do you have? You might want to consider getting some electric fence to put up in front of whatever you have right now, to deter them from going close to the fencing. It sounds like you have wire fence, which isn't great to start with, so putting up electric fence (hot tape) in front will keep them away from it. Make sure your fencing (if it's wire of any kind) is tight all the time - nothing worse, or more dangerous than loose wire fencing.
If you're sure she's going to try it again (horses tend to) then you need to take some preventative measures to make sure it doesn't!!

Regarding the horse, get the vet out, if nothing else to tell you things are okay... because if they're not, and if she's been infected with something, you need to catch it right away.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-23-2008, 12:55 PM
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It doesn't sound like a total catastrophe, thankfully. Horse hide is not very tough and many abrasions just rip the hair right off, without really breaking the skin. It sounds like just enough skin peeled to cause some serum to ooze and scab, and that's healing now. Keep putting salve on them to keep the skin soft and promote fast healing and to provide an insect barrier.

Pushing through the fence is common when they are bored, not getting enough hay to chew on or just the fact that their pen is overgrazed and the grass springs up on the other side. I agree that a hot wire would help keep her from being pushy and getting into more trouble.

If possible, try tossing a little more grass hay to nibble on to keep her occupied, perhaps provide a jolly ball to play with if she is a playful, curious horse. Even tossing some tree branch in there to nibble on can pacify a horse enough. Luckily, it's spring and weather should allow more exercise to keep boredom at bay and work off stress.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-23-2008, 01:13 PM
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SAME thing happened to us. Blu drug his whole fence down. Luckily, he didn't seem to panic. He had very minor cuts and bruises and was being his bratty self the next day.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-23-2008, 01:48 PM
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I agree with what's been said. Count your blessings it sounds like you escaped having a lot more serious problems.

If you have any concerns just get a vet out and take a look at your horse/pony. My main advice is to make sure you clean out those wounds 2-3 times a day. Remove the pussy looking scabs and clean everything out. Depending on how many lacerations she has, putting the horse on antibiotics might be a good idea, again get advice from your vet.
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