Saturday, September 13, 2014

Horses: How to scare your owner

Today Rondo gave me quite a scare, one of the most serious ones I've had yet as a horse owner.  He was turned out in the dressage arena in the back of the property, the one that is usually used as turnout and rarely as riding, and he was getting frisky with a gelding over the fence that was turned out in a pen right next door.  He reared up -- and came down so that the top cable on the fence went between his shoe and his hoof, wedging itself there.

At first he just stood there with his foot on the fence, and I thought he was putting his foot up like Panama sometimes does.  Then he pulled back, and I realized he was stuck.  I was terrified that he was going to keep struggling and hurt himself, especially since the stuck foot was so high up.  My friend and I ran over and I put his lead rope, which I had over my shoulder, around his neck.  (I didn't have his halter on me.)  I got him to hop a little closer to the fence, and then my friend held the rope while I climbed through the fence and tried to dislodge the cable.

I was completely unable to get the cable to even budge -- I think the little bit of struggling he'd done had wedged the cable even more.  Luckily another boarder was walking by, and was able to help me push on the cable and his foot, and we got him loose.  I've never been so relieved!  I walked him a little, and at first he was a bit stiff on that leg, but it seemed to get better as he moved around.  Still, I gave him a small dose of bute before I left so he wouldn't get stiff and stop walking around on it.

Hopefully he will be okay.  It was certainly a scary thing though!



At September 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm glad you had the right help at the right time. I was just watching a video on Facebook the other day of a man who was trying to free a wolf whose hind foot was caught in a wire fence. It didn't look like an easy process.

At September 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Having wire wrapped around a leg would be far harder, I think -- at least with this, especially as he wasn't struggling, we were reasonably sure we should push the cable back out again. But it was still scary, and there was no way I could have done it without help -- I wasn't strong enough to push it out on my own. So, yes, I'm very glad too! I don't know what I would have done otherwise!


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