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post #21 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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The vet hasn't seen Syd yet but my dad says that we should wait until tomorrow (I'm totally NOT happy with that, and I tried to explain, but he thinks that Syd will be better tomorrow. If he isn't, THEN he's going to get the vet to come over.).

Also, the bleeding wasn't exactly coming from the frog, but from next to it, where it's a bit soft (but not the frog.). I think I might have found a tiny little hole, but it's all clean and doesn't seem to hurt when touched.

Syd is limping a bit at a walk, but nearly not at all at the trot, with no head-bobbing, although his trot is definitely "off". He IS putting his weight on that hoof, though.

*sigh* I wish the vet would come over, but my dad made his decision and I can't change it. (believe me, I tried really hard.) Also, the horses need their feet done anyway, so I believe we'll get the farrier over ASAP.

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post #22 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 04:24 AM
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I knew a horse in our old yard who stood on an old nail in his paddock. Three leg lame, but they called the vet out because they couldn't get the farrier.

Horse was nearly put to sleep due to a list as long as my arm of errors. If its hoof related, and the farrier is due out, get the farrier out to check it.

We all learn from our mistakes. You were unfortunate to have two in one day, but it just makes us more aware of what we do.
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post #23 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 05:44 AM
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I think you would want to invest in a good safety hook knife. A plain knife usually have a sharp point, and being in panic you can injure the horse or yourself. Hook knives are safe to handle and won't injure the horse. Get one wide enough that it can be used on reins, and keep it always with you or in a near, easy-to-reach spot. So next time you need something cut (not necessarily the reins) you will have some tools on hand instead of having to rely on someone hearing your screams.
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post #24 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, everyone, Syd seems a bit better today, still limping just the slightest bit. Now I just need to make sure that at least the farrier comes over ASAP. (the farrier also USED to be a vet, but went to be a full-time farrier after a few years.) Both horses are eating and drinking well and Fleet seems as normal as can be. I've still got my eye on him, though.

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post #25 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 05:31 PM
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No hoof no horse. Easy for infection to set in to a hoof; he (and fleet) should see a vet ASAP. Syd even sooner.

Glad you learned some important lessons, sad it had to come to that.
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post #26 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 05:44 PM
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Sounds like you had a rough day...

I try to always carry a knife in my boot when I am around the horses. I find that it bothers me when it is in my pocket if I am riding. But when it is in my boot I always have it with me. It also makes you feel tough ;)

I hope Syd feels better soon, nothing you could have done to prevent that. Just a freak thing.

Good Luck!
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post #27 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 09:44 PM
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It's not just that you should never leave a tacked-up horse: I've seen a horse being hand-grazed in a bit, with reins (I think they were split reins) back over his neck, & sure enough, horse stepped through with the same dire results which you describe. One must be totally attentive if one allows horse to graze bitted, so as to prevent horse stepping through his reins.
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post #28 of 32 Old 09-23-2013, 10:15 PM
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Tiny, I was thinking that too. I thought those reins would have snapped under the pressure.

Yes it's an important lesson in why not to tie with reins. everyone makes mistakes. We all have had a horse that has a certain behavior most of the time, and we think we can trust them in a situation and then something happens like this. Thankfully, alls well that ends well this time...and now you know for next time. I agree to have a chiropractor or vet out just to make sure theres nothing underlying that you can't see.


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post #29 of 32 Old 09-24-2013, 04:57 AM
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If you have to leave a horse tied up with a bridle on then you shoud twist up the reins, put a headcollar over the bridle and attach the leadrope to the headcollar.

If your reins are twisted up properly then a horse cannot step on them
similar to this photo where the reins have been twisted up for lunging

IMO it doesnt matter what the horses isues are you need to teach him to tie up properly for his own safety and yours.
Puncture wounds to the foot deep enough to draw blood are unlikely to be from a stone, you need to get back out there and look for what ever caused it (possibly a nail or similar). You also need to get the vet out NOW. not in 2 days time as puncture wounds anywhere on a horse can be life threatening, puncture wounds to the foot even more so.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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post #30 of 32 Old 09-25-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE on Syd!

I have an update on Syd (horse with hoof injury)...well, two updates.
A good one and a bad one.

Here's the bad one:
We STILL haven't managed to get the vet OR the farrier, since we are experiencing a series of storms and the electricity keeps going on and off, causing the phone to be dead.

But here's the good news!
Syd is walking almost normally! Every 5 steps or so, he still seems to do a tiny little limp, but other than that, all normal. I'm not even sure if that's a limp at all (Syd is over at the knee, so he walks with short steps) but I'll still keep trying to get the farrier/vet out.
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