That's not a wild animal attack, he got caught on something.
I agree. I've lost 2 miniature ponies to mountain lions and this is definitely not a mountain lion attack. You would get very messy puncture wounds on both flanks, along with severe puncture wounds and lacerations to the neck. This is a single incision and far to clean to be one of a mountain lion. I guarantee you that once they start an attack, they will keep going until they kill the animal they attacked.
That's not a wildlife attack, too clean and there wouldn't be one deep cut...there would be multiple. He got caught on something, same thing happened to my best friends Thoroughbred....it took them days to find what he got tangled up with Posted via Mobile Device
I don't think there is anything big enough in NJ to do that. Coyotes won't take a healthy full grown horse on. No mt lions.
Celeste made me think of something...my dad has a very similar scar on his back. He called it his old war wounds however my mother admitted when I was finally older that it was from a bar fight in Germany. Broken bottle.
My dad has a scar on his chest where a bear swiped him and only got him with one claw. It probably looked a lot like that when it happened. My dad, who is 90 years old, would love to tell you a tale about him being a great hunter and going after the bear and heroically rescuing a damsel in distress, but that's not exactly how it happened. He was visiting a zoo that did not have safety rails. He stood right beside the bear's cage. It reached out and got him. He was actually lucky not to be killed. He has always been really proud of that scar.
Agreed as well...Not animal attack. We once had a gelding get attacked by a lion. We found significant claw marks on either side of his butt...With the claws still embedded. We suspect he double barreled that SOB...Poor cat who lost his claws...
When Bones was alive, my husband took him and Speed hunting. Had both horses tied to two different trees, tied high enough to be comfortable but not lay down and far enough from each other for no scuffling or kicking. Ground around them was clean, no sticks, rocks, roots, etc. No branches, just clean area.
He left them and came back about 1 hour later. Bones had this horrific injury on his flank. He was bleeding horribly. Husband had to stuff a clean t shirt into wound, it was that deep, and had to walk Bones out about 4 miles to the trailer. Bones fell twice due to lack of blood, but he survived. Hundreds of stitches, then closure by secondary healing. Took months.
Never did figure out what cut him. No tracks of animals or people. Nothing. Sometimes you will never figure out what they cut themselves on.
This photo was about 2 months into healing, the original stitches had come out and we had to put a drain into his leg by the hock to keep the fluid running down. It final healed by second intention.
Thanks guys for all the input. It sucks when you can't figure out what the heck happened. But oh well, atleast its being taken care of and he is on the road to recovering. Please keep Bailey boy in your prayers .
My horse had a wound very close to that years ago. I walked the field for hours and never found a single object that he could have cut it on but obviously something was out there.... They are like kids, if it's there, they'll find it.....