Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Worse Nightmare-An Escapade

Last Sunday, well I guess it was already Monday, Missy woke us up barking, at 4:10 Am. We could see headlights in the driveway. Ed got up and peered out the window and a sheriff's car was in the drive way. He went to the door and the sheriff said there were three horses out on the road and one of them had been hit by a car. We scrambled into some jeans and shoes. I got outside first and asked the sheriff, who was standing on the porch waiting for us if the horse was on its feet, and he pointed to the area of the barn and asked if those were our horses. I hurried toward the barn and the horses were out of their lot, and were standing up near the run-in shed. (They had come back to the barn on their own, just ahead of the sheriff. I grabbed halters and walked up to them and caught Maddie and Katie, and Solomon followed us down to the barn. Katie kept pawing the ground, first with one foot then the other. She was holding her head at an angle, not the normal way. Maddie had a bad scrape all the way down her back leg, from the knee to the ankle, (likely from getting into barbwire fencing that was in the grass, where they had been), where all the hair had been scraped off. Solomon had no injuries at all. I could tell that Katie was in pain, even though I couldn't find anything visible on her. I called the vet, waking them up, I'm sure. I explained the situation to the vet when he called back, telling him there were no broken bones but that Katie wouldn't stop pawing and he said he would come right out. It was almost and hour before he arrived. (They are 30 minutes away). He examined her and the others and gave them all Banamine, a painkiller. He found soreness on her left ribcage and a stiff neck. He was concerned about them colicing, (a bad horsey tummy ache) from both stress and eating all that grass. They haven't been out on grass for 8 years! He suggested I stay home from work and watch them for the day. So I did, checking on them about ever 30 minutes all day. Katie just stood in the corner of the shed, all day, walking very slowly when she came to get a drink. She was eating and drinking, just sore and stiff. 
   That evening after supper someone knocked on the door. When I answered it, there was a man standing there, and asked how the horse was. I asked him if he is the one that hit her and he said yes. So this is his story...
Said he was going home from work, and he saw what he thought were deer walking down the middle of highway. He slowed down, to about 30 MPH, and said to his buddy that was with him, THOSE ARE HORSES! And just then Katie who was on the other side of the road, jumped out of the ditch right in front of him and he couldn't avoid hitting her. Then he called the sheriff with his work radio as cell phones don't work around here. (This all happened just pass the fire station, that is near our driveway). The impact bent his bumper a little bit, broke a headlight, and cracked the grill on his pickup truck. Katie has a place on her ribs, about 20 inches long where the hair appears cut. She is still improving, as I saw her trot part of the way back up to the shed after coming down for water. She still does a lot of just standing in the corner. She was given a painkiller dose for about 4 days, but now she is off of them.
   The next day, when I was leaving for work, I drove up the road a little way and there was horse poop, quite a ways, so they had been out for several hours, most likely. We could see tracks where they had been down the back hayfield.
   Thank the Lord that our words are like a shield. This could have been a real tragedy, both for us and for that driver.  

This all came about because a gate was accidentally left open. A lesson not to be soon forgotten. 
This whole episode still makes me shake to think about.

8 comments:

Yvonne said...

Oh I'm glad they are all ok!! Scary story!

Lois said...

Oh my, not good.Glad it wasn't worse.Bet they wished they'd stayed home too. Wanderlust, bad stuff.

Tammy said...

So glad they are okay.

We've had that dreaded call before, too - once, they weren't our horses but felt an obligation to help before one of them got hit. Another time it was ours and thank goodness I was home and got them right in. It is very scary!

Ruth said...

Can we say.... Adrenalin Rush? So glad they are all okay.

Bluebird74 said...

Oh dear Sharon, what a terrible nightmare! Wish it had been a dream to wake up from...
I can't imagine (well yes I can) what must have gone through your head the first few seconds when the sheriff said there was horses hit! Yes aren't you glad you know how to use the Word, I think Katie had a guardian angel that night! Few weeks ago when I hit that deer I was also going 30 m.p.h. and the deer did not get up.
Do you remember when Easter was chased by those guys in that speeding car?! That was scary enough. So glad they are going to be ok.

Farm Girl said...

Yes, I remember standing in the driveway,just on the other side of the bridge, and helplessly watching her gallop down the road, with those stupid boys, chasing her, with their car. She was 8 months pregnant. She came galloping back on her own, a little bit later. But she had fallen down somewhere as she had skinned hocks, when I caught her again.

Bluebird74 said...

Oh wow I had forgot that she was pregnant! I still remember sitting on Windy with 2 gravel trucks one in front of her and one in back of her and her digging groves in the blacktop with her shoes, Praise the Lord, no one was hurt that time either.

Jeanie said...

So glad everyone is okay!