First let me say that if you don’t like blood or are squeamish you probably don’t want to scroll all the way down on this post. Today I want to talk about the horses we love and the various ways they manage to maim themselves. Up until Houston I never dealt with that many injuries – my horses to that point had possessed the skill of self preservation. Houston did not posses even an ounce of such a skill and in the 5 years that I have owned him has cost me more money in vet visits than I care to tally up. Note to self: do NOT use a calculator when reading this post.
- Assorted cuts and scrapes that would inevitably lead to elephant legs
- Cut Fetlock (farrier accident) – many stitches and 2+ months of stall rest
- Cut Pastern (pasture)- few stitches and more stall rest
- Cut Face (pasture) – couple stitches
- Puncture/Cut Shoulder (pasture)- stitches, LOTS of antibiotics and flushing
Annie has seemed relatively aware of her surroundings and aside from being a mastermind at pulling shoes and the odd scrape here and there really hasn’t caused that much damage to herself. Until the past few weeks anyways. In the course of 5 days she has managed to scrape or cut all but one of her legs (I realize that by saying this I will now be tempting fate for her right front…). It started with cutting the inside of her LF – a small and relatively superficial wound. Then she must have kicked at the fence because her right hind has a gash. Last but not least I was met with the gem below upon arriving to the barn last night:
Yes. That is her hind leg. How she managed to give herself a deep gash on the FRONT of her hind foot I have literally no idea. Thankfully it is not severe enough to need veterinary intervention and at worst I may have to put her on some Uniprim to ward off any infection.
What are some of the weird
unbelievable things that your horses have done to themselves? Does anyone else want to invest in bubble wrap?