Freak accidents and horses


Perhaps, but at the rate these dear animals continue to get into trouble in the artificially created environment we keep them in, one could think so.  Today, a cast horse, just for variety.

Been buried in a rainstorm for days.

The horses, cooped up a bit for safety, were all coming up with various mischief…  Finally back on the lunge line for a short session, Valiosa wasn’t even half of the calm attentive horse she was last week.  Did get in a second pony ride at the walk, but trying riding the trot on the lunge seemed far off.

She’s only 3, after all.


Sort of run down from a cold settling in, I decided to wrap it up and get home.  Watched Valiosa lay down for a nice roll in her pen while packing up the car.  Way close to the fence.

Some sudden thrashing, and I realized she’d gotten her self cast up against the pipe fencing, with all four legs stuck through the fence.

Her hind was twisted and not able to roll over.  Legs stuck.  Not supposed to happen.  I called out to her, and she stopped struggling.  Also not supposed to happen.  Most would have continued on until something, usually themselves, broke.  Once close to her, she laid her neck down after I got her front legs free, below.

Cast under the pipe fence

Eyeballs gleaming white, grunting and shivering, but still.  One hock wedged tight, tight, like a frog leg.

She waited patiently while I quickly disassembled the fence panels, freed her legs, and dragged the panel away from her. No panic, just waiting for me to say it was OK to come up.

Over almost before it begun.  Not sure what will be next.

Perhaps I should move in at the barn.

18 thoughts on “Freak accidents and horses

    1. Me too! Always thought it would be more possible with some level of neglect, safety issues, or some level of stress put on the horse. But nilcht, she trapped herself in 5 seconds flat for no other reason than the fence simply being there.
      Now, hoping, praying, this in not the start of another pattern. ..


      1. It doesn’t matter how safe you make it, they seem to always find a way to get hurt.

        We just had one jump up on it’s hind legs and come down on a branch, flipped the branch up into the nose and is now on its way to have the wound cauterized 150 miles away.

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        1. Haha, I just pushed “Like” on your comment, then thought what on earth is to Like with a horse hurting it’s nose on a branch! Well, that’s just it, isn’t it – they can get into all sorts of predicaments, making us worry about them all the time. Perhaps even more so the reason to love them – they’re so fragile, in all their bumbly hugeness 😉

          Hope yours is going to be OK! Sounds like one VERY long trip to the vet.


  1. Glad you got her out of her predicament. You might want to have a vet or chiropractor look at her to make sure she didn’t twist something in her back or upper legs whiled struggling. Sometimes injuries can take a few days to show up. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you Christine. I’m down and out with a nasty cold now here tonight, but will insist in checking her out all over tomorrow anyway. Hoping it was brief enough to minimize risks for any serious damage of course.


  2. You know, both of my lease horses have done this exact same thing, almost. The most shocking thing is that they calm down when they realise you are going to help them — and then avoid killing you upon getting up. Glad V escaped unscathed.

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    1. Yes- I was tensing for the inevitable wretched scramble to get up, instead she continued to lay and wait for an All Clear sign.
      Hopelessly falling for this brave little mare…

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    1. She was just fine today 🙂 I had a cold so didn’t get to work her, trying again tomorrow. I think she’ll be just fine since it was short lived. But will definitely keep a sharp eye on her gaits…


  3. That’s scary to witness! My horse has started putting his head under the fence for grass as he is on a dry lot and can’t have grass. He banged his sinuses and his eye was very swollen and his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding, luckily he is fine now! I agree, moving into the barn seems like the only solution!

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    1. Yeah, and then I heard from the BO that she did it again, a 2nd time (!) the week after when he was there, but she got out on her own. I built a little “balcony” of some sorts in her pen with panels to make for a better, very level and firm spot to roll in, and then immediately got on with practicing “catching in pasture”, so that she could be turned out in a large pasture.
      That’s all going great now, her pasture is about 1 acre or so, and I don’t have to worry 🙂


        1. Yes absolutely.
          She had a huge hangup with someone walking out trying to take her with a halter in hand. Just in November she lived loose in a big herd with other mares and young horses. Whenever they had to be caught, they were all herded into some sort of a chute, and then caught with a lasso rope. So, easily walking up and having her dress her self in a halter was just sort of a dream last month.
          It didn’t take too much to show her it was all good, all safe. Smart Andalusians!


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