The things a horse can get hurt on, bad wound pic

Horse management, health, feeding and grooming.
User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

The things a horse can get hurt on, bad wound pic

Postby J&T Farm » Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:45 pm

I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone just what a horse can get into. My sisters barrel horse went over the back of the square baler. We try to keep everything picked up because we know the things a horse can get hurt on, but we never thought of this. He went completly over the back of it. We have a mare that is a bully we think she caused the whole thing.
Image
This is how swollen it was this morning.
Image
This is the 2 puncture wounds under his belly,
Image
and this is what he did it on.
It did not get into his stomach lining, the 2 holes are clean about 2 inches deep, and we are keeping them washed out and packed with furizone. He is getting penicillin and phenylbutazone for the pain and swelling. Just praying it don't get infected. It really could have been alot worse.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
msscamp
wannabe
wannabe
Posts: 10701
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:13 am
Location: Wyoming

Re: The things a horse can get hurt on, bad wound pic

Postby msscamp » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:14 pm

J&T Farm wrote:We have a mare that is a bully we think she caused the whole thing.

My first question is why, since you obviously know you have a mare that is a bully, you put this horse with her to begin with? My second questiion is why, since you obviously know you have a mare that is a bully, you failed to monitor the situation to make sure this horse was in a safe environment?

It really could have been alot worse.


Yes, it could have been - the horse in the pictures could be dead.
0 x
Women and cats are going to do what they want, men and dogs would be wise to accept this.

User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

Postby J&T Farm » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:53 am

Well our horses have always ran together and she had chased him when we first got him but we thought they were getting along now, they have been together for 4 months now. She has never done anything like this to any of the other horses. And of course we have moved him and he will not be in there with her again. It just got so dry and that was the only field that had much grass in it we had just put them in there the day before. Lesson learned the hard way.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
flaboy?
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 986
Joined: Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:22 pm
Location: Old Florida

Postby flaboy? » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:56 pm

Up on my soapbox. NEVER, and mean never leave equipment in with horses. They will find a way to hurt themselves on it.

Glad it wasn't worse.
0 x
Age doesn't make you forgetful, having way too many stupid things to remember does!

User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

Postby J&T Farm » Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:43 pm

Yeah we should have known better that baler has been in there about 5 years, nothing ever happened. It had been there so long we just didn't pay no mind to it. One of those out of site out of mind things. Been meaning to build bays in that side shed with gates on them to use it to store equipment, I think now would be a good time to do that. Keep the horses completly out of the area. They have a 6 stall horse barn with plenty of room to get in they have always liked the sideshed better, when they are in that field.
Yeah the vet said today that he thought he was going to be ok it would just be really swollen and sore for a while. Hopefully we can keep infection out of it. we are keeping it washed out and packed with furizone 2 times a day.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
msscamp
wannabe
wannabe
Posts: 10701
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:13 am
Location: Wyoming

Postby msscamp » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:54 pm

It sounds like you are simply lacking experience, and I'm very sorry that that experience came through this horse getting hurt. I truly hope your horse comes out of this ok. Having a horse get hurt is a helluva way to learn. :(
0 x
Women and cats are going to do what they want, men and dogs would be wise to accept this.

User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

Postby J&T Farm » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:50 pm

I have been around horses my whole life and so has my husband, he is a horseshoer and use to break horses, I barrel raced for 10 years and have had horses that always run together. And yes I hate it that this happened but we do take care of our animals very well. This is the worst accident that has ever happened to a horse that we have owned, and horses get hurt, they run through barb wire fences, things just happen sometimes and it is not anyones fault. I hate to see a horse hurt, but anyone around here can tell you that we love and take care of our animals. I was simply useing this as an example of what can happen to any horse. And yes I will agree that if I had thought for a minute that this would happen we would have done anything to prevent it. Hindsite is 20-20 . And all you can do is learn from it. And there will be some changes made around our horse pastures. When we got this horse the mare did chase him but we thought they had there pecking order figured out. The vet thinks the horse will be ok. He is eating and getting around pretty good.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
msscamp
wannabe
wannabe
Posts: 10701
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:13 am
Location: Wyoming

Postby msscamp » Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:32 am

J&T Farm wrote:I have been around horses my whole life and so has my husband, he is a horseshoer and use to break horses, I barrel raced for 10 years and have had horses that always run together. And yes I hate it that this happened but we do take care of our animals very well.

Given the experience you've cited, it looks to me like you should have had the foresight to prevent this accident from ever happening.

This is the worst accident that has ever happened to a horse that we have owned, and horses get hurt, they run through barb wire fences, things just happen sometimes and it is not anyones fault.

I tend to disagree with this statement. While it is true that some horses will run through a barbed wire fence - even when pastured alone - a lot of "accidents" can be prevented by the owners being aware of the different horses temperament/tendency to bully other horses, as well as the owners continued monitoring of the situation and taking steps to correct/prevent a dominant horse picking on a subordinate horse.

I was simply useing this as an example of what can happen to any horse.

I disagree. This happened to your horse because you dropped the ball - and I think we've all been guilty of that at one point or another. The chances of it happening to anyone who continually monitors their horses is greatly reduced, because they know what is going on, and they keep an eye out for the signs/indications of trouble and take steps to correct the situation.

The vet thinks the horse will be ok. He is eating and getting around pretty good.


I'm glad to hear that, in fact - you've made my day! :D
0 x
Women and cats are going to do what they want, men and dogs would be wise to accept this.

User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

Postby J&T Farm » Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:54 am

Our horse pasture is right beside the house they are checked twice a day and my sister rides about everyday. When we first got him we were very careful about letting them all get use to each other. Then they seemed to get along ok so for the past month or so we have felt pretty comfortable with the situation. I hadn't seen any reason to think they weren't getting along. But I will be watching them all closer. I think the mare was in heat ( she is one that it is hard to tell) and this may have caused her to be more agressive all the sudden. And from now on he will be in a different pasture than her. Right now I have him in with a 22 yr old mare that I know will not do anything. And it helped that we got 5 inches of rain, and have plenty of grass now. It looks much better this morning the swelling is going down and he trotted across the field to me. I am going to call the vet and give him an update today. He has not even seen the horse he said that if there was no guts punctured and it was just skin and muscle that we could take care of him as good as he could . Since stitches were not an option. But he said that if it started looking slimly or he started running fever to call him and he would come out. But he hasn't had any fever and the wounds are clean and healing like he said they would.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
msscamp
wannabe
wannabe
Posts: 10701
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:13 am
Location: Wyoming

Postby msscamp » Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:58 pm

J&T Farm wrote:Our horse pasture is right beside the house they are checked twice a day and my sister rides about everyday. When we first got him we were very careful about letting them all get use to each other. Then they seemed to get along ok so for the past month or so we have felt pretty comfortable with the situation. I hadn't seen any reason to think they weren't getting along. But I will be watching them all closer.

Good for you! I know from experience that, when one thinks there is nothing wrong, a lot of indications can be very easily overlooked. Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20. :(

I think the mare was in heat ( she is one that it is hard to tell) and this may have caused her to be more agressive all the sudden.

Yes, I would absolutely agree that some mares can be way more aggressive when in heat - I've seen it happen.

And from now on he will be in a different pasture than her. Right now I have him in with a 22 yr old mare that I know will not do anything. And it helped that we got 5 inches of rain, and have plenty of grass now. It looks much better this morning the swelling is going down and he trotted across the field to me. I am going to call the vet and give him an update today. He has not even seen the horse he said that if there was no guts punctured and it was just skin and muscle that we could take care of him as good as he could . Since stitches were not an option. But he said that if it started looking slimly or he started running fever to call him and he would come out. But he hasn't had any fever and the wounds are clean and healing like he said they would.


I wish you the best with this horse, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed (and saying several prayers) that he makes a full recovery - that would be wonderful!
0 x
Women and cats are going to do what they want, men and dogs would be wise to accept this.

User avatar
Kelly
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 346
Joined: Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:23 pm
Location: Minnesota

Postby Kelly » Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:01 am

The vet hasn't looked at it at all?? Did your vet suggest a Tetnus shot? Can you cold hose it for the swelling? I personally would try Banamine for a few days because I think it seems to work better then Bute for certain things.
Are the fly's staying away from the injury? If not, ask your vet if you can spray Catron on it to keep them out of the wounds.
0 x

User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

Postby J&T Farm » Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:55 am

We gave him a tetnus shot, and we are hosing it down twice a day. we gave him Banamine and stopped the bute yesterday, I think it works better for some things also, after we pack it with furizone we have been spraying it with Blue spray lotion for the flys and it seems to be working. The swelling is much better, about 1/2 as swollen as it was. He was running this morning. I think he will make a full recovery. We are so happy. Thanks for all the advice and ideas. And the old square baler is being removed. :lol: never to return to the horse pastures.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
ArrowHBrand
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 574
Joined: Mon May 28, 2007 7:10 am
Location: NW Iowa

Postby ArrowHBrand » Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:41 am

It has been my experiences that horses can hurt themselves on almost anything. We had our stallion get a 2 inch gash on his throat in August, can't imagine what he did it on, but he did. It has healed nicely to just a pucker of skin, but it really had us worrying for a while. Good luck with your critter!
0 x
"The cow is nothing but trouble tied up in a leather bag." - John Wayne in "The Cowboys"

User avatar
J&T Farm
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 585
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:09 pm
Location: Arkansas Ozarks

Postby J&T Farm » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:51 am

Just wanted to let ya'll know the horse is fine. The swelling is completly gone and the wounds are looking good and healing. He is running and bucking. I thought it would take months for the swelling to go down but I was wrong. I talked to the vet again yesterday and he said I told you so when I told him how much better it looked. Thanks for all the advice.
0 x
Farmin' for a Livin'

User avatar
Alan
GURU
GURU
Posts: 9481
Joined: Sun May 09, 2004 11:54 am
Location: NW Oregon

Postby Alan » Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:39 am

You have had plenty of scolding, but they are all right on the money. If you give any horse the chance they will hurt themselves every time. I personally hate barbed wire and horses, it is an accident waiting to happen, a good hot fence is the only way to go. Not meaning to pile on, but with the experience you and your husband have, this should not have happened. But it's water under the bridge now and can only be chalked up as a live and learn. Nuff said on my part.

JMO,
Alan
0 x
I'm not afraid of hard work, I can lay down next to it and fall asleep without a problem.


Return to “Horse Care”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests