Just a warning about XC schooling hazard
Hi everyone, just wanted to let you guys know what happened to my friend's horse this weekend so that we can all be a little safer XC.
We were just finishing a great day schooling, when her horse suffered a severe laceration to his pastern/coronet band. Upon investigation, we found that he had cut himself on a stray metal flag holder that was screwed to the front of an up bank- in the middle of the bank. The bank had been flagged as a skinny for the most recent event, and though the flags had since been removed, the metal holder was left behind.
This is an extreme hazard that could have been easily prevented. Tucker is a very talented horse and this was not a result of poor jumping or riding~ it was a freak accident. We are lucky that the cut did not interfere with his joints, but we have to wait to ultrasound to see if his collateral ligaments are damaged. The cut was very deep and required several stitches, and he is on stall rest for a month~ completely derailing their season.
Please check for these stray metal holders before schooling XC. We have witnessed the results and it is truly heartbreaking for both horse and rider.
Thank you and stay safe.