Witnessing the sight of a horse stuck on ice overnight was heart-wrenching. All I wanted to do was embrace him, take him to the barn, wrap him in a cozy blanket, and give him a warm rub down. His tail was even frozen to the ground, which could be the reason why he couldn’t fully stand up. Luckily, he survived, even though nobody had noticed him trapped there. In this blog post, I’ll delve into the details of what happened and offer my thoughts on how to prevent such accidents from happening again.
It was obvious that there were mistakes made, which led to this tragic event. The placement of the feeder was an accident waiting to happen, and it’s crucial to take precautions when keeping horses outside in the winter. Putting your horse inside at night in a stable, feeding your horse in a controlled environment, and not placing any objects close to the fence are just a few simple things that can prevent such accidents.
It’s also essential to be aware of your horse’s physical state and to check on them regularly. The fact that the horse’s tail was frozen to the ground was quite frustrating. It’s necessary to keep a warm winter blanket on them and ensure their environment is safe. When faced with an incident like this, the horse should’ve been warmed, dried, massaged, and blanketed after this ordeal.
How heart-wrenching to see this poor horse left alone in the freezing rain, injured, and without a cozy stall, a bed, or any sort of refuge. Those of us who take great care of our equine friends would have taken immediate action, calling upon a vet and chiropractor to provide the necessary treatment if it were one of ours.
Thankfully, the rescue team was there to break the ice and free the horse. It was a heart-warming moment to see the horse finally get up and move around. It’s amazing how resilient these animals can be, but it’s still our responsibility to ensure their safety and well-being.