I went out this morning to feed and saw the boys standing over by the pond. I thought it was kind of odd that they were just standing there and hadn't met me at the gate when they heard me shut the front door. As I approached them I walked around the hay feeder and the dirt pile and immediately saw the wire.... feeling sick to my stomach I ran the rest of the way. Chrome was standing there, motionless, staring at me. The wire was wrapped around his right hind leg midway up the cannon bone.
I knelt beside him and saw that the wire was around his leg and wrapped back around itself.... how does he manage to do crap like that???? I just don't even know how it's possible because it's not like he was tangled in the middle of it. The very end was wrapped around his leg and twisted back on itself as if someone had done it to him! I unwrapped it easily and checked his leg. The hair was missing in a ring around his leg and the back of his leg was a little wet, but no blood came off on my hand.
Still feeling sick I started rolling up the wire, trying to figure out where it had come from! Then I realized it was the electric wire we had up around the pasture! The deer had evidently got hung up in it and broke it, then he got tangled in it and dragged it across the pasture. I had been meaning to take the wire down and replace it with electric tape that we got for a really good deal at a yard sale, but I hadn't had time. :(
I rolled up probably 100 yards of wire and carried it out of the pasture. Chrome followed right behind me and I let him out in the yard while I put the wire up and got his halter. I had my dad and husband both check him because I was paranoid I was missing something serious, but they both said he was fine. I jogged him out and hubby said he was completely sound. There was no swelling either.
I am so relieved and so, so happy Chrome is such a calm horse. He had dragged the wire across the pasture, but as soon as it got hung up on something he stopped and just stood there. I have no idea how long he was there, but he never moved until I had unwrapped it and told him he could move. Just thinking about what could have happened brings tears to my eyes. If you use electric wire please check it every day!! It could have been BAD!
So while Chrome and Zep grazed in the front yard hubby and I drove the whole five acres and took down all of the wire. I would prefer they lean on and destroy the fence than to get tangled up again. Now that it's summer there is so much grass that they aren't leaning on it anyway. I'll move the insulators down (I have NO IDEA why I originally put it at the top where the deer could get hung up in it instead of as chest height) lower and put the tape up. I will NEVER use the wire kind again....
So I didn't ride. I want to wait until tomorrow and make sure no swelling appears or his hoof doesn't fall off or something.... I know, it's melodramatic.... I'm sure he will be fine. :)
P.S. While we were taking down the fence I got eating alive by mosquitoes.... EIGHTEEN bites!!!!! I officially hate summer now LOL!