I had an unbelievable horse emergency yesterday! I went out to feed the horses and only 3 came up from the woods. My oldest horse Foxy wasn't coming up so I waited. She is getting arthritic and moving really slow lately. I know she will have to be put to sleep this fall because there's no way she will make it through another cold winter.
The pain killers and steroids just aren't working anymore.
Anyway, I waited and waited and waited. No Foxy. I whistled for her and waited some more. No Foxy. So I started to walk to the back of the pasture to look for her, thinking maybe she mustered up enough energy to escape again. She wasn't in the back field so I knew something was wrong. I started to worry and feel sick. So, off I tromped through the swamp, in mud and muck to my knees. I looked and saw my white horse laying on the ground. I tried to calmly walk up to her so as not to spook her if she was tangled in the fence. To my dismay I discovered my horse stuck in the mud from hoof to hip on both back legs!
Her front legs were curled under her and the poor thing was shaking from exhaustion. I tried to pull her out and she was too tired to try to move. The look in her eyes told me she had given up and there was no way I could do this on my own.
I raced back up to the house and made some phone calls, including one to the vet.....no answer at the vet's so I left a message to come ASAP because I had no idea what injuries were hidden in the mud.
Within an hour my cousin and 2 friends arrived. We had to dig her out BY HAND because we couldn't use a shovel for fear that we would cut her with it. Somehow Foxy had enough strength left in her to help us a bit. We pulled and pushed her out of the mud, she stood up then fell over from exhaustion.
It took us another 20 minutes to get her up again. At first I thought she had a broken leg but she was so stiff from the struggle that she was having a hard time standing. We slowly walk her up to the barn and she immediately started eating hay like nothing happened.
Luckily she only had a few tiny cuts. She's soooooooo lucky! It could've been way worse than what I could even imagine. Today she is pretty sore. I'm not sure if she'll fully recover from this. I'm hoping I don't have to have her put down sooner than I planned.