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post #11 of 32 Old 09-22-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't tie him up with the reins. I had a leadrope clipped to his bridle, but the leadrope was just resting on the fence, since he has tying issues. Fleet has never walked away from being "tied up" like that, since his first owners seemed to have trained him to be tied like that very well.

I would never tie a horse up by the reins, someone at my old barn did that once and the horse got spooked and tried to break away, resulting in mouth injuries.

Fleet's leg just went through the rein when he was lowering his head and when he pulled upwards, the rain just went underneath his armpit and couldn't go any higher. Those reins are fairly new and really strong, so maybe that's why they didn't snap.

You know what, guys? I'm going to be using split reins with this horse from now on!

I also feel so bad about this, I shouldn't have left Fleet by himself, even for just a few seconds. :(


Syd (the horse with the hoof injury) has just had his tetanus shot done about a month ago, should he still get a top up?


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post #12 of 32 Old 09-22-2013, 09:45 PM
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I'm not sure on the jab as I think it is possible to over do it? Ask your vet would be the safe bet.

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post #13 of 32 Old 09-22-2013, 10:01 PM
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For future reference, clipping the lead rope to your bridle (I'm assuming to the bit?) isn't a good idea either. If he must be left alone while you go get something, even for a minute, either unbridle him if he doesn't have reins that are easily undone or cut, or leave the bridle on, unclip the reins, put a halter on over, and tie him. Is there a reason he hasn't been taught to tie solid yet? Its something he really does need to get over for his own safety.

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post #14 of 32 Old 09-22-2013, 10:02 PM
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Honestly.. don't leave them tacked up and alone. Don't put the bridle on unless you are going out riding right away.

It's just not worth the trauma.

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post #15 of 32 Old 09-22-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Fleet is 13 years old and when he came to us, we got told that Fleet doesn't tie well, reacting badly to pressure. They never told us the reason. I have tried teaching him to tie solid but it doesn't have any effect on him. He has already broken two leadropes and a fence. Fleet is a bit of a mystery horse, there are still things we need to find out about him, but he is truly superb apart from that tying issue.
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post #16 of 32 Old 09-22-2013, 10:56 PM
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Valuable lesson in all this, which I am sure that you already learned, don't EVER put the bridle on unless you are right there and intend to ride. You may also want to think about how you over reacted and when you panic, your horse senses that and they will panic even more, as you saw. Don't cry, don't scream, don't blunder about, but use your head and be calm till the dust settles so to speak.

As for your story, I had to read it twice to really understand what you were stating, it rambled and was a bit hard to understand.
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post #17 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 01:28 AM
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Valuable lesson in all this, which I am sure that you already learned, don't EVER put the bridle on unless you are right there and intend to ride. You may also want to think about how you over reacted and when you panic, your horse senses that and they will panic even more, as you saw. Don't cry, don't scream, don't blunder about, but use your head and be calm till the dust settles so to speak.

As for your story, I had to read it twice to really understand what you were stating, it rambled and was a bit hard to understand.
Just IMO, it is hard to remain calm and cool when you're on your own in a horrible situation. Ideally yes, you would handle it quietly and with a level head, however we are only human. I know I had a few breaking points with my mare early on but now I try to just roll with it. Freaking out doesn't help but sometimes that's all you feel you can do.

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post #18 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Here's an update on Syd, the horse with the hoof injury.
He is lame. I've cleaned his hoof and I found NOTHING at all, I checked the other hooves, nothing. There's just this thick flap of frog there. Maybe the wound is underneath? I've checked there, but I couldn't see anything obvious...
Now I'm a bit confused.

As for Fleet, he seems fit as a fiddle, cantering about on the paddock and being his friendly old self. Still, he'll get a check up ASAP.


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post #19 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 02:43 AM
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Has the vet seen them yet?

My mare Romance punctured her hoof out in the paddock. It punctured deep enough that she fractured her pedal bone and would have become infected if she had not been put on antibiotics immediately. You don't know what underlying structures have been damaged or what infections are brewing in there. Please have him looked at by a vet.

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post #20 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 02:50 AM
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Definitely very scary. But I will echo what other people have said. So many horses have gotten injured from them stepping on reins or stepping through them. Even with split reins, he can step on them and jerk his head up and slice his tongue. So for any unsupervision, tie him with just a halter.

As for the frog, you actually have to cut REALLY deep, as in below sole level, to draw blood from the frog. So if he was bleeding from his frog, I would wager he cut himself fairly deep and is in quite a bit of pain. You may need to have x-rays done to spot any metal foreign objects. Have your farrier take a look at him as well, not just your vet.

This is a lesson you can definitely learn from. And the only way we improve from our mistakes is by learning a better way and avoiding making the same mistakes. Don't be too tough on yourself.
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