Calamity Jane?

How often does your horse sustain injuries?

Hardly ever
Occasionally, but it's nothing serious
Often, but it's rarely anything serious
Occasionally he manages to seriously injure himself
My horse is prone to recurrent serious injuries

Total votes cast: 1174

Comments & Write-in Answers


8/27/2007 9:57:58 PM


8/27/2007 6:10:50 PM

cuts, puncture wounds, etc.

8/27/2007 1:10:55 PM

Just scrapes and scratches when they play or get itchy

8/27/2007 12:23:28 PM

stone bruises, cuts and scrapes, kick marks

8/27/2007 12:10:12 PM

mainly scratches from trees ect.

8/27/2007 8:17:42 AM


8/27/2007 8:03:48 AM

Her knee and lower leg tend to get injured often.

8/27/2007 7:59:15 AM

Tiny cuts, scratches

8/27/2007 2:12:51 AM


8/26/2007 9:34:39 PM

very minor cuts (if any)

8/26/2007 9:21:34 PM

She gets cuts from trees or occasiolly a bite mark

8/26/2007 6:28:34 PM

goopy eyes

8/26/2007 5:11:39 PM

Superficial wounds only -- so far!

8/26/2007 12:36:02 PM

With 5 horses one or another is bound to have a scrape, nick, gash, etc

8/26/2007 10:41:01 AM

Only the odd scrape

8/26/2007 9:57:04 AM

scrapes, dings, rock in the hoof, sore muscles

8/26/2007 12:49:05 AM

small cuts, scrapes and rubs

8/25/2007 11:51:15 PM

she usually just gets scratches and bumps -the sort:)

8/25/2007 10:24:13 PM


8/25/2007 10:12:15 PM

cuts/scrapes usually, one incidence of mortal injury = stepped in a hole, flipped and broke neck.

8/25/2007 2:37:34 PM

minor topical abrasions (skin scrape)

8/25/2007 12:35:57 PM

In work 6 days per week and fit and sound. Gotta love that!

8/25/2007 12:26:32 PM

most are scrapes or minor cuts.

8/25/2007 7:48:09 AM

symptons of influenza

8/25/2007 5:56:21 AM

and I hope she stays that way

8/25/2007 3:00:11 AM

Most of the time it is a bite from another horse in the herd.

8/25/2007 1:48:57 AM

6 wks ago she lacerated her fetlock badly involving ligaments and joint capsule. 1st bad injury!

8/24/2007 11:57:43 PM

leg cuts

8/24/2007 11:34:19 PM

Knocking poles, dominance battles. Once, a gash from getting caught on a gate. 24 stitches.

8/24/2007 10:44:30 PM

His latest was a laceration of the neck from rubbing it on something.

8/24/2007 8:40:55 PM

nicks and scrap's on legs and somtimes chest.

8/24/2007 8:25:37 PM

touch wood - she has been sound and injury free since I have had her

8/24/2007 7:25:31 PM

minor cuts

8/24/2007 7:04:27 PM

ligament tendon cannon bone bruising

8/24/2007 6:17:41 PM

8 inch vertical slash behind shoulder on ribcage. Also gets minore cuts and swellings

8/24/2007 5:17:37 PM

He's a very hardy mustang:)

8/24/2007 5:13:05 PM

HE IS SUICIDIAL and LOVES TO Treat any form of Veterianary support as negative. Paid 4 Harvard X 10!

8/24/2007 3:21:14 PM

Mostly bites and kicks from other horses

8/24/2007 3:17:46 PM

Caught up in the fence sparing with another, bites from other horse, leg cuts, bruises, colic

8/24/2007 3:01:48 PM

Minor scratches and occasional puffy eyes, six horses.

8/24/2007 2:48:03 PM

Fence injuries

8/24/2007 1:15:01 PM

two young TWs play 'rough' so there always dings to put some cream on.

8/24/2007 10:07:11 AM

Lots of superficial injuries some requiring stitches but not any serious damage.

8/24/2007 9:08:36 AM


8/24/2007 9:07:38 AM

hoof bruising

8/24/2007 8:41:29 AM

Cuts from rubbing againts fence & posts

8/24/2007 8:17:48 AM


8/24/2007 7:42:33 AM

Most of my horses injuries have been due to them getting into fights.

8/24/2007 1:24:28 AM

My baby girl decided to get herself impaled on a tractor. Deep serious wound needed vet attention.

8/23/2007 11:18:02 PM


8/23/2007 10:35:35 PM

My t-bred will tear the skin to the tendon on "invisible" sources!

8/23/2007 10:11:48 PM

cuts and nicks

8/23/2007 9:09:11 PM

Cuts/bite wounds from being in pasture

8/23/2007 8:31:45 PM

I can only imagine how most occur. Usually at night in the pasture

8/23/2007 8:14:45 PM

Mainly cuts and scrapes

8/23/2007 7:47:16 PM

nicks on leg

8/23/2007 7:38:54 PM

I have several that "hardly ever'. One young one that does"often, but not serious."

8/23/2007 6:34:35 PM

Just lately its been one thing after another!

8/23/2007 6:22:52 PM

Thank the horse gods!

8/23/2007 5:36:51 PM

It's always the good one too. The other one that's just a companion never gets hurt

8/23/2007 5:22:28 PM

minor scrapes.

8/23/2007 5:21:47 PM

But I've learned to keep my 2 horses apart at feeding time

8/23/2007 5:17:20 PM

We try hard to make sure the pasture is in good condition so they don't have to experience injuries.

8/23/2007 5:08:57 PM

scraping of the hocks

8/23/2007 4:48:09 PM

novicular bone damage

8/23/2007 4:20:19 PM

About once a year we have some sort of mild lameness thing, but usually nothing too dramatic.

8/23/2007 3:44:08 PM


8/23/2007 3:38:40 PM

There are 3 of them and I think some days they just beat on each other!

8/23/2007 3:20:40 PM

8 horse, we see everything from mild to life threatening. Mostly mild injuries

8/23/2007 3:03:57 PM

Most injuries my 4 horses get occur in the pasture from "horsing around". Seldom serious, Cutheal

8/23/2007 2:55:06 PM

rarely have we had to call a vet

8/23/2007 2:13:32 PM

Have 1 accident prone horse-rolled in a scorpion nest,cracked pelvis,trochanter bursitis,bowed tendo

8/23/2007 2:07:53 PM


8/23/2007 1:29:40 PM

The horses often have injuries but luckily normally only gashes and cuts that can be repaired.

8/23/2007 1:22:41 PM

He's not happy unless he has a cut or bruise somewhere!

8/23/2007 12:53:43 PM

REcurrent Skin Infection in Horses

8/23/2007 11:36:22 AM


8/23/2007 11:23:02 AM

Halter cought on standpipe - paralysis in neck and face. Rear suspensory tear. front suspensory tear

8/23/2007 11:14:46 AM

bites& wire cuts

8/23/2007 10:44:59 AM

leg swelling, cuts

8/23/2007 10:13:20 AM

Just a few knocks from being in the pasture with 4 other horses

8/23/2007 9:43:02 AM

Most recent injury was a puncture wound in the back pastern area further compromising the sheath

8/23/2007 8:56:34 AM

usally bites, overstep and catching on objects

8/23/2007 8:40:00 AM

2 leg fractures, now deep cut on leg

8/23/2007 8:10:49 AM

my mare is the "boo boo queen" of our barn!

8/23/2007 7:31:10 AM

Mostly from being too fresh to be turned out, buck twist fart, legs all different directions.

8/23/2007 7:21:28 AM

mostly nicks from being low on the pecking order

8/23/2007 3:15:27 AM

My TB is accident prone.

8/23/2007 1:28:12 AM

hind leg injuries, cuts & scrapes

8/23/2007 12:55:27 AM

my animals are mules, much better than horses at self care:)

8/22/2007 11:50:04 PM

We have 5 horses here & just don't have much of anything happen. Check all places they are.

8/22/2007 11:07:23 PM

Safe pastures living area is the key.

8/22/2007 10:47:59 PM

Humans have to always be aware of a horses surroundings.

8/22/2007 10:35:07 PM

Minis don't seem as prone to injuries, but they'll react the same tangled in a fence!

8/22/2007 9:47:35 PM

Most injuries occur when they are frustrated because I'm off schedule feeding and they are hungry.

8/22/2007 8:15:29 PM

Right now dealing with stifle injury. Ist time with this injury and it is very frustrating.

8/22/2007 6:48:38 PM

of course..the typical cuts and scrapes all over

8/22/2007 6:14:04 PM

longears usually know better!

8/22/2007 5:59:49 PM

usually its a small cut on legs from stall, fence, etc

8/22/2007 5:40:53 PM

My horses have sustained no injuries since moving from a boarding atble where they were stalled.

8/22/2007 4:17:31 PM

kicks and bites from other horses

8/22/2007 3:44:07 PM

my 25 yr old geldine has only been injured once :)

8/22/2007 3:39:49 PM

I have a mule and a horse. The mule is by far less accident prone than the horse.

8/22/2007 3:32:27 PM

My horses live in a herd environment so there is occasional battle damage.

8/22/2007 3:27:46 PM

mostly to the pastern area, wire fencing is often the cause

8/22/2007 2:53:28 PM

Last couple serious injuries have been caused by shape edges or screws in fencing. Proud flesh!

8/22/2007 2:50:57 PM

cuts,scrapes, bits from other horses

8/22/2007 2:38:34 PM

My horses are kept out 24/7, they learn how to handle themselves.

8/22/2007 1:59:16 PM

Usually inflicted by the pony on the horse - but fortunately never serious

8/22/2007 1:08:33 PM

My horse is very careful. Almost all her injuries have been human caused. (i.e. bad farrier work)

8/22/2007 1:06:44 PM

my horse is a pleasure and an investment, I use caution at all times

8/22/2007 12:50:17 PM

last one was 12" deep puncture & laceration

8/22/2007 12:26:11 PM

Several of my off track Thoroughbreds have had problems with being horses but are getting better

8/22/2007 11:56:17 AM

One horse hardly ever gets hurt, the other has had a number of stichs and a broken nose

8/22/2007 11:49:48 AM

I have two mares that can't seem to get along so they are constantly kicking or biting each other

8/22/2007 11:17:19 AM

Every wound should be thoroughly cleaned and treated with blue lotion, peroxide, neosporin, etc.

8/22/2007 10:45:04 AM

We horse-proof our barns, pastures, fences. Occasional kick from pasture mate

8/22/2007 10:38:50 AM

Spends his free time looking for trouble

8/22/2007 10:38:36 AM

worst he kicked through a barn wall and tore up a hoof was up for a year

8/22/2007 10:38:21 AM

occasional cuts and scrapes in paddock & soft tissue strains from work

8/22/2007 10:34:42 AM

torn shoulder muscle, cannon bone exposed from hock to pastern, lives in corral, hay is cheaper

8/22/2007 10:27:53 AM

I have 4 horses that pasture daily, so getting scratches & bites from playing & rubbing is the norm

8/22/2007 10:25:10 AM

he and his pasture mate play hard, and suffer the consequences!

8/22/2007 10:20:18 AM

Used to have a mare that was always getting her tail hung up. She would just stand & wait for help.

8/22/2007 10:16:19 AM

One horse is prone to allergic reactions however

8/22/2007 10:00:52 AM

Scrapes on legs, corneal abrasion once (have had him for 9 months).

8/22/2007 9:36:56 AM

My bet horse is vey prone to serious injuries

8/22/2007 9:34:07 AM

We can mitigate many injuries with good fencing, turnout conditions, and management.

8/22/2007 9:31:00 AM

He gets lots of scratches and scrapes from the other horses, but thankfully nothing else.

8/22/2007 9:29:55 AM

Good farm maintenance goes a long way in keeping them safe.

8/22/2007 9:26:54 AM

hot, sound, healthy thoroughbred

8/22/2007 9:15:32 AM

Horses rubbing on the limbs of trees and causing sores. I use antibiotic ointment.

8/22/2007 9:03:22 AM

I have 4 horses all together, there are many more superficial injuries compared to when I only had 1

8/22/2007 8:43:39 AM

Our Stallion seems to always have some sort of abrasion.

8/22/2007 8:39:06 AM

pasture injuries for the most part vs performance caused injuries

8/22/2007 8:23:35 AM

I have 10 horses. One nearing 40 yrs, two in their middle twenties. and six others in their teens.

8/22/2007 8:08:07 AM

But when he does- it's serious!

8/22/2007 7:58:57 AM

Thank God he has an angel watching over him.

8/22/2007 7:43:07 AM

We are fortunate to have 8acres, post and rails, and work them every day

8/22/2007 5:01:07 AM

High strung thoroughbred it just with the territory of coarse!

8/22/2007 2:03:05 AM

Attempt to keep them in safe enviroment

8/22/2007 12:57:49 AM

4 horses; 2 hardly ever get injured, 1 often, but not seriously, 1 walking disaster!

8/22/2007 12:26:05 AM

Knock on wood, hope this doesn't create some.

8/22/2007 12:19:18 AM

scratches and lacerations to the face and limbs

8/21/2007 11:50:05 PM

even minor injuries are rare, and I Thank God for those little miracles

8/21/2007 11:32:08 PM

facial nerve trauma, paralyzed pharynx muscles, hole to facial sinus, 2 muscle abscesses, liver dise

8/21/2007 11:27:23 PM


8/21/2007 10:45:02 PM

No injuries to date; have had him 23 yrs!

8/21/2007 10:43:47 PM

ligament tears, cuts , bumps and muscle pulls

8/21/2007 10:31:17 PM

what to do when a horse hurts his back leg

8/21/2007 10:22:34 PM

little nicks, stepping on himself, etc.

8/21/2007 10:05:24 PM


8/21/2007 9:52:05 PM

cuts, scrapes - usually something I can deal with

8/21/2007 9:52:04 PM

Most injuries are pasturmate induced ie. bite and kick wounds

8/21/2007 9:35:40 PM

I feel strongly that the natural way my horses live contributes to their hardiness...out 24/7

8/21/2007 9:01:34 PM

knock on wood

8/21/2007 9:01:28 PM

my horse is a menace to himself...injuries we can't even figure out how he did or where...

8/21/2007 8:48:11 PM

Mostly abrasions on the legs

8/21/2007 8:33:29 PM

Mostly minor pasture fight injuries.

8/21/2007 8:23:19 PM

of course now that i've voted there probably be a horrible injury. knock on wood - hope not.

8/21/2007 8:14:26 PM

I've been lucky -- KNOCK ON WOOD!!!

8/21/2007 8:02:02 PM

scrapes and cuts

8/21/2007 7:58:32 PM

I have he village idiot !!! He is into EVERYTHING…nose in it, foot through it, stepping on it…p

8/21/2007 7:53:21 PM

Safe barn, considerate trainer= few injuries

8/21/2007 7:51:51 PM

Not often but don't want to jinx myself!

8/21/2007 7:34:29 PM

Natural horse care- mentally, emotionally & physically!!!!!

8/21/2007 7:32:52 PM

T10 horse; they always seem to get nicks/scrapes but only one has been injured seriously

8/21/2007 7:28:50 PM

abrasions, hoof bruises, scratches

8/21/2007 7:27:50 PM

Mostly nicks and cuts from his buddies in the pasture or playing and nicking a leg himself.

8/21/2007 7:23:10 PM

cuts and abrasions

8/21/2007 7:21:57 PM

bumps and scrapes

8/21/2007 6:44:30 PM

Bites and kicks from herd mates

8/21/2007 6:38:26 PM

Thank God.

8/21/2007 6:34:10 PM

Mostly superficial wounds

8/21/2007 6:11:13 PM

puts front hoof where it should not go

8/21/2007 6:07:50 PM

Lacerations or abrasions for the most part.

8/21/2007 5:57:36 PM

my Quarab has had 2 injuries in 20 years, my TB had them monthly.

8/21/2007 5:53:24 PM

Prevention is better than a huge vet bill

8/21/2007 5:52:26 PM

mostly minor scrapes and scratches

8/21/2007 5:40:26 PM

very lucky with our 2 horses

8/21/2007 5:39:51 PM

deep flexor tendonitis

8/21/2007 5:39:31 PM

My horses are around 20 yrs and I think that helps, more laid back.

8/21/2007 5:34:18 PM

Cuts both large and small ie. some requiring stitching and some not

8/21/2007 5:33:38 PM

He's young, green, and does goofy stuff, what else can I say...

8/21/2007 5:25:39 PM

now they are older(13 & 14) the accidents are less

8/21/2007 5:24:35 PM

My guys get the occasional bites and kicks. We always watch out for potential dangers.

8/21/2007 5:17:53 PM

I have 5 horses. One is always lame for one reason or another.

8/21/2007 4:51:23 PM

my horse needs a helmet and padded turnout!

8/21/2007 4:44:36 PM

The younger they are, the more frequent the injuries.

8/21/2007 4:42:52 PM

3 find new ways to injury all the time, the other 3 almost never are hurt

8/21/2007 4:40:25 PM

Everything from puncture wounds to a broken leg!

8/21/2007 4:34:39 PM

mainly cuts and scrapes hitting trees

8/21/2007 4:31:35 PM

scratched up from rumaging in woods

8/21/2007 4:30:39 PM

Loads of effort into making our place safe; gotta think like a horse!

8/21/2007 4:30:03 PM

1 horse is always sound but another suffers self inflicted injuries affecting soundness regularly

8/21/2007 4:29:03 PM

scrapes, kicks and gouges.

8/21/2007 4:28:05 PM

knock on wood!

8/21/2007 4:18:35 PM

Forty years of raising horses, two bad injuries, now getting rid of all metal T posts !!!

8/21/2007 4:17:47 PM


8/21/2007 4:16:42 PM

Of course, now that I voted hardly ever, they'll both run through the fence tonight.

8/21/2007 4:14:50 PM

a few teeth bites but but never any blood

8/21/2007 4:11:35 PM

Both are; I chalk it up to being Arabians and being very high energy!

8/21/2007 4:06:42 PM

small abrasions - slight edema from kicking at another horse

8/21/2007 4:06:29 PM

Depends on the horse ~ I have one that's a klutz!

8/21/2007 4:05:25 PM

Puncture wounds from two trees in a 5 acre pasture. Scar tissue from "war wounds"

8/21/2007 4:03:31 PM

ususally only scrapes from playing with one another. Nothing major

8/21/2007 3:57:27 PM

but, when they do they do it good

8/21/2007 3:53:25 PM

bites & scratches

8/21/2007 3:45:49 PM