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post #1 of 8 Old 04-25-2019, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Today is one of Those Days..

I got off work early so I went to the barn and gave my girl a bath. I saw a spot of dirt on her lower eyelid so I picked at it to get it off and she lost her mind. She pulled back and when she couldn't break the cross ties, she fell on the cement and cut her fetlock. She's not great about tying and has a history of pulling back...but never to the point of falling.

I doctored her leg and then checked her eye. It looks like she cut her eye and dirt healed in and around it, making a clump. So when I picked at it, she started to bleed a bit. I put vetericyn on it and went to put her back out. When I was undoing the gate, she rubbed her eye on my shoulder.

I turn around, and her eye is full of blood Rubbing her eye on my shoulder dislodged the clump I think and the wound opened up. There's no flap of skin hanging, and it only seems to itch/mildly annoy her. I put a fly mask on her and put her in a stall. Of course, I did all this while talking to the vet on the phone and sending pictures to make sure sutures weren't necessary. Hard to tell, but looks like they aren't. And I think, for this mare, having to sedate her enough to stitch her eye up would stress her out way too much. Especially if we can let it heal by itself. She is not easy to deal with and has hurt people before when they have tried to help her after an injury.

So now I'm home, worried sick she's rubbing her eye everywhere and I'll find her all mangled tomorrow...UGH! Also, she is now afraid of cement and refuses to step on it.

Anyone else having one of "those days"?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-25-2019, 04:29 PM
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Ha ha. Yesterday. I could write a book. Today is pretty mellow though.

I really suggest stable mats. I wouldn't tie my horse on concrete if you paid me.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 12:34 AM
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Ahhhhhh, the joys of horse ownership. We've all had those days. Just some advice on the Vetricyn, it is not advisable to use in the eyes, as it is basically very diluted bleach water. I would hazard a guess as to that's why your mare rubbed her eye on you. If you want to rinse the area around the eye, use saline solution. The type used for contact lenses. You can get a 16 Oz bottle at Walmart for about 2 bucks. Make sure it says Saline Solution on the label as there are other contact lenses cleaners that have chemicals in them, which you don't want.
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 07:10 AM
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I had a bad horse day yesterday too. We took out my daughter's show horse to wash him and the other two broke out to eat some green grass (they don't have any to eat in their paddock since we are waiting for mud season to be over before we let them out to pasture), and would not be caught. It took me a few very stressful minutes to get them back inside safely, and a couple of times, I felt like they could bolt and run off into the road (thankfully, they didn't). I felt like I had no business having horses. I have gotten lazy with my ground work training, and need to work with my two loose canons a little more, but I also reminded myself that it's spring and that my mare is hormonal right now.

My mare also pulls back when tied, so I never put her on cross-ties, it's just too dangerous for a horse that pulls back explosively. And you should definitely invest in some rubber mats as bare concrete is so dangerous. As for the eye, I don't think sedation would be the worse thing here. My mare is not the most cooperative for vets, but I have worked with her a lot to desensitize her so I can touch her eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth. I do it frequently, even when I'm just in the paddock doing stuff, or if I want to give her a treat so she'll associate it with a reward. That way when it really matters, I can touch her in those places. You just really have to put in the time before an injury occurs because now, everytime you touch her there, it hurts, so obviously she's going to pull back. A few minutes a day is all it takes, and you can make it part of your routine. But don't do it with her tied, do it with a halter and lead rope on in an enclosed space like a paddock, but without forcing anything. Do a little at a time, starting as far down the head/neck as you have to. Clicker training is great for this.

If needles are a problem, practice rubbing your mare's neck, then run a pen up and down her neck, and eventually, do a little ***** until she no longer reacts to it. Again, clicker-training is a good method here. My mare is ok once sedated, and let the vet do her teeth without too much struggling this spring. The vet noticed she is much better than she was last year (even with the drugs, she fought pretty hard last year). Eyes are not something you want to mess with.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 09:44 AM
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My alarm didn't go off so I missed the bus. My mom was furious, so even though I thought I should just stay home I had to call an Uber to pick me up. The Uber couldn't find my house so I had to walk half a mile to find him. I got to school and signed in and as soon as I sat down in class I remembered that I forgot to feed my horses. So I texted my BO and her daughter and no reply. I texted my mother who said to call my grandma. However, my grandmother was too afraid to feed the horses on her own. I told her to come take me out of school so I could feed them and when she got here they wouldn't allow her to take me out because she wasn't on my "pick up" list. So I was in the office for about 30 minutes arguing with the lady until she agreed to let me go. When I get there I fed them and I noticed my boots were laying outside, its suppose to rain today so I threw them into the back of my grandmas car and she took me school. I got back in and I just remembered that I have a lesson tonight for my show team, and my boots are with my grandmother who cannot bring them to me, of drop them off at the barn. I am wearing flip flops. I am also stressed about seeing my trainer after some recent barn drama so its even worse that when I see her I'm going to be riding in flip flops. I understand what you're talking about. Its just one of those days.
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 12:17 PM
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Sorry to hear about that. Ugh. Welcome to horse never know what can happen. I have days like that sometimes. I think we all do.

I have days with my mare that make me feel discouraged, but I have to remember it's a bad day. That's all it is. The next day could go so much better (and it usually does).

I mean, back in October my mare scraped her leg & needed stitches (luckily it was cosmetic & didn't affect her movement!), how? By ROLLING in the mud, she must've put her leg under the fence, thought she was stuck, then pulled back quickly from the panic & bam...scraped her skin off. They sure know how to hurt themselves.

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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I just moved her to this boarding facility and they don't have any wash areas with mats. And no hoses by the hitching posts in the dirt/grass areas! But I've learned my lesson. I'm so worried she's going to have trouble with all concrete now. She is a fragile soul.
I also feel like I have no business owning a horse now! 😞 It's heartbreaking when they get hurt and maybe it could've been prevented or there's nothing you can do to help them. I will update y'all when I check on her later! Fingers crossed...
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Yep, today was much better! Her eye seems to be healing well, thank goodness! Thanks everyone (:
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