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My heart horse hurt himself! :(

Birdlover

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So sorry to hear this :( Hoping he has a speedy recovery. Glad you are able to take him somewhere that they can help him. Those hospitals can be such a lifesaver. :hug8:
 

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Poor baby boy,I hope that he heals swiftly :hug8:
 

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Oh how awful! :( I hope he recovers quickly! :hug8:
 

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Poor guy. I'm so sorry. :(
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:sadhug: Praying for you and Courage! Think positive.
 

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:hug8: For you and Courage.

Roxy lost her eye when running around with her mother, just enjoying life as horses do. Mom kicked up her heels and kicked her right in the eye. Roxy is my baby though and always will be.

Malone lost his battle with uveitis and is also blind in one eye. We had to stop competing in eventing, but continued for a few years in dressage until he retired.

They are both leading good lives.
 

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I am so sorry. How is he doing?

A panicked horse is dangerous to himself and others. I too wonder if a predator of some kind got into the stall.
 

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:hug8: Oh Loree! that's aweful!! healing prayers for him...awwww
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Thanks for the prayers and positive thoughts, everyone! :heart:

He had to be transported to a different facility (a specialist) as he was continuing to bleed from his nostril. Xrays showed that he crushed his eye socket and part of his nasal passage. Luckily the eye still has full movement, and he is seeing out of it. There is a huge amount of swelling & liquid behind the eye, so he has to stay at the specialist's for at least 5 days while they continue to treat the injured eye. They said that surgery wouldn't be necessary unless I desired it for cosmetic purposes. I said, "NO!!" The damage to his skull will be permanent, so he'll be slightly dented for the rest of his life. :)

He is 14 years old, and has already gone through one coffin bone injury, and a suspensory tendon injury. For me, this is the sign from the universe that it's time for him to retire, even though he is still physically fit & capable. He has given me so much of himself over the past 9 years, so now it's my turn to give back to him. He can be my pasture puff (ok, my second pasture puff - my daughter's horse is retired pasture puff #1) and I will be chief treat feeder for his remaining years.

Both of the other horses are very unsettled and anxious now, esp. with Courage gone. Whatever spooked him, has left it's impression in their minds too. We're out in the country, so we have coyotes, foxes, raccoons, etc. The barn hasn't been built yet, so they are in a 3 sided shed that had been framed into 3 large stalls. Very well built, and I thought it was very safe. I'm betting that a raccoon or something got into the stall with him and terrified him. The chicken coop is on the side of the barn, so various predators cruise past there on a regular basis. Panama, my white Andalusian, was especially clingy and needy today - very unlike him.
 

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Poor ole guy.....thank goodness he doesnt need surgery..when he gets home you spoil that big boy:)
 

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so glad to hear good news about this. I've been thinking about you guys. At least he won't require surgery and still has vision. Hopefully everyone calms down soon. Maybe you could set up one of those baby monitor cams to see if the spooky intruder returns?
 

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So glad things sound better :hug8: Have you thought of a dog? Or maybe electric fence ran very low to discourage animals getting near your barn? We use it to keep out deer & it really works. Very easy to install. Sending positive thoughts for Courage to get well soon & start enjoying retirement :heart:
 

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I'm glad to hear he has his vision :)

I have all those same spooky predators, but thankfully haven't had a reaction like that from the horses. Wondering if the others are just worried right now about what happened to Courage?
 

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I'm glad the news is better than expected. Fingers crossed that he heals quickly.
 
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