Thursday, July 6, 2017

Situation Normal.....

Anyone familiar with the military knows how that anagram ends.

Earlier this week someone hit our fence, destroyed 100ft of it, and drove off. Thankfully, only one horse got out. Unfortunately, it was 27 year old Beau and he hit a car, a different car than the one that hit our fence, then ran through a 5 acre field into the woods and fell into a ravine.  Oh, and it was 10:00 at night. It took us a half hour to find him, then another half hour to get him out of the ravine and home. 

Looking down into the ravine. Beau was stuck in the brambles at the top center of the image. 

He did get out of the ravine on his own, and he walked home. I hosed him down and cleaned him up as best I could, took his vitals, offered him water and then a tiny bit of food because all I had for painkillers were powdered robaxin and banamine paste. He ate and drank, and then pooped, and all his vital signs were normal, which was a good sign. I called my vet to tell her what happened, she advised that I'd done everything that could be done right now, short of loading him onto a trailer and hauling him two hours to the nearest emergency clinic, which didn't seem necessary since he wasn't shocky and was able to walk, eat, drink, etc. We decided she would come out first thing in the morning.

Looking up from where Beau was stuck in the ravine. 

He's going to be OK, somehow. He has deep lacerations on both knees, and many, many superficial lacerations and contusions all over his body, but he is going to be OK. He's a tough old sucker, an Old School Quarter Horse and built like a tank. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

This was the next morning, he ate his breakfast like nothing happened!

We bandaged up what we could, he's on two different antibiotics and a lot of anti-inflammatories and strict stall rest for awhile. Well, he can come out for hand-grazing, but no unsupervised paddock time.

All bandaged up the next day. The white spots are liquid bandage for the places that we couldn't do a traditional bandage.

Not that I really have much in the way of paddocks right now. The damage to the fence was so bad that we lost two of our four pastures. So, the three uninjured horses are confined to the two smallest paddocks in the back while we get the rest of the fence back up.

The fence will now be entirely 4x4 and 6x6 posts, and nobody is driving away after hitting it again. 

It's going to take a ton of work to get our little farm back up and running normally again, but it could have been so much worse. Beau has been the best patient ever, and he's got a great team of "nurses" to keep him company while he's on stall rest.

"We're here for you, buddy!"


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