DWM, I'm rarely at a loss for words, but this scenario is too horrific. My deepest condolences.
Thank you, SR and others.
I do have an update, if not an entirely happy one. I couldn't sleep and went to shovel poo and feed early this morning. Heh. Best thing ever.
Anyway along the far side of the fence, near the neighbor's pigs and where Pumpkin died, I found cut off bits of his tail in several of the low lying plants. When I told hubby to go get his phone to take pictures, I realized that I was also looking at footprints of both Pumpkin, the other horses, and that dog. As we went along we found...what looks like drag marks, and the dog walking sideways. So...It makes me feel somewhat better knowing that I am not accusing an innocent animal that happened by Pumpkin, who died in the night or something and scavanged...Pumpkin FOUGHT FOR HIS LIFE.
The drag marks go for quite aways. I am proud that Pumpkin tried so hard to save himself, and ashamed that I wasn't there to save him.
I will upload some of those pictures when hubby gets them to me. They are not graphic in any way, and just show the coincidence of dog print and horse together. Hubby says (and he's no hunter) that it looks like the stupid dog was chasing the other horses around too. Again, totally surprised my draft x didn't kill him...
The other crap thing is that, though we searched for bite marks on the horses, we didn't check them too well yesterday. My husband's rescue mare is barely able to walk, and by that I mean she doesn't really. She stands, but I didn't see her move more than a few feet today and it looks BAD. I was patting MY other rescue horse, Strider (he's a stunted 2 year old Foundation QH, tiny, tiny guy) and realized when he followed me that HE IS LIMPING TOO, just not even on the same level as Witch.
I am very worried about Witch, and we can't afford a vet call today. I am hoping my husband's check comes in, because I will call that vet out...and hope for good news. I swear, that stupid dog could have killed one horse and permanently injured 2 others! If the vet comes out and Witch is permanently damaged, I am suing that punk for her vet bills along with everything else! UGH! How the heck does this man sleep at night, and I can't?!
Somebody tell me some good news....