Freak field ac­ci­dent

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Eleven months ago, my horse Sa­van­nah had the most hor­rific ac­ci­dent in the field. My mum was bring­ing the horses in when she no­ticed that Sa­van­nah’s rug was ripped and bloody. Un­der­neath it, a huge por­tion of skin had been ripped away. It tran­spired she’d caught her­self on a metal bolt stick­ing into the field Mum im­me­di­ately called the vet and tried to set­tle Sa­van­nah, who was shak­ing from head to hoof. I ar­rived at the yard at the same time as our vet from Field Equine Vets and the de­ci­sion was made to trans­port her to the prac­tice for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion. Once there, Sa­van­nah’s rugs were re­moved and her coat was clipped away around the wound, which took hours to clean, stitch and sta­ple. They also scanned her chest to make sure her lung hadn’t been punc­tured. Thank­fully it wasn’t. Sa­van­nah stayed at Field Equine for five days, with round-the-clock care, be­fore be­ing sent home on the con­di­tion she stayed on box rest with a daily walk out in hand. Our vet vis­ited on a weekly ba­sis un­til even­tu­ally all of the sta­ples were re­moved. After months of box rest Sa­van­nah was able to go out in a small pad­dock, but not long after that she sud­denly went lame. At first I thought she was foot­sore but X-rays, nerve blocks and an MRI scan re­vealed that she had a few small in­juries in her foot and a sus­pen­sory branch lig­a­ment was in­flamed. Fi­nally, after 11 months off work, Sa­van­nah had re­cov­ered from her two ma­jor in­juries, and I was both ex­cited and ner­vous to be able to ride her again. I got to do just that on 4 Fe­bru­ary this year. It was only in walk and for 10 min­utes, but I was so happy to be back in the sad­dle. I’d like to give a big thank you to ev­ery­one who has helped Sa­van­nah over the past 11 months, in­clud­ing the Field Equine team and, in par­tic­u­lar, our vet Alis­tair, who took such good care of my mare. Natasha New­ton, by email

Sa­van­nah made a full r ecov­ery a fter her nasty ac­ci­dent

Sa­van­nah’s in­jury re­quired many stitches and sta­ples

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