Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hidden Risks of a Rambo Wug

Last week I planned a wonderful all day fluff and buff session with Miss Bre and Romeo. I got off work at 730 am and headed to see the ponies. I wanted to try the new saddle on, clip Romeo, pull Bre's mane, all that fun suff. The horses were in the lower pasture when I got there. I noticed that they didn't come right to the fence and vaguely remember wondering why they were hanging out in a boring corner. I didn't think much about it and it was a few hours before I went to fetch them. I had to meet up with the vet at Dickie's barn and do some handiwork before I was ready for the ponies. When I went down to get them she still hadn't come up to the gate. For 13 years this has been a horse who will be at the gate before I get out of the car. I opened up the gate to let them run up to their paddocks and oddly Bre still didn't come. Romeo went blasting by and Bre NEVER lets Romeo beat her to the barn. This mare's motto is "Why walk when you can run". She just stood at the fence corner giving me this really intense stare. Then she started pawing and my heart sank. The first thing that came to mind was she had hurt herself. That would be the only reason for her not to come. A split second later I saw the problem. She had snapped the front of her Rambo Wug to the fence. Mare had been stuck to the fence for at least a few hours. No wonder she was hanging out in the corner for so long. SHE WAS STUCK!!

The thing I love about my mare is that she didn't take down the fence or tear her blanket. She just patiently waited for me to get her lose. It was like she thought someone had tied her up and she was supposed to wait there until she was untied. I really wanted to stop and take a picture but I decided that was kind of mean since to make her wait longer because she had been such a good pony. 

Moral of the story: If there is a bizarre way to get into trouble, your horse will find it.

Other moral: If you have no climb fencing and a Rambo Wug you might want to put tape over the snap. 


  1. What a good mare!!! Bet you gave her lots of cuddles and treats once she was free.

    Did she gallop to the gate once you let her off?

  2. what a good mare!!! she must have wondered what was taking you so long.

  3. Poor baby!! What a good girl!!! Rambo needs to make a velcro cover strap for it!

  4. Wow. That is scary. What a good girl for staying put until you were able to help! My horse Brandy has gotten her back leg strap stuck to the no climb fencing and although I didn't see what happened, I knew she struggled because the leg strap was ripped off and there was a huge tear in her blanket.
    A couple years ago at the Arabian U.S. Nationals in Tulsa, OK we had a horse get the snap from the throat latch of her halter get stuck to the wire grid in a stall while she was tied. (I hate those portable stalls they have there, they are so dangerous) and so from then on we took electrical tape and taped every halter that had a snap at the throat latch. Thankfully the horse was fine, but that does show you that anything can definitely happen!!
    Happy to hear your mare is okay!!

  5. I totally would have wanted to snap a pic also! Poor Bre!

  6. Aww poor Bre! She's such a good girl! I totally would have snapped a picture lol. :) Chrome is really good at staying calm when he gets tangled up. On the old lease land we had he got his leg caught in some wire and I was calling and calling him but he wouldn't come. Faran was galloping around and neighing and he still wouldn't come. I finally found him in the woods (remember this is on thirty acres) and saw that his foot was caught. There was a pile of poop so I have no idea how long he was there. We got him loose and he was perfectly fine. I love Chrome! I'm glad Bre was okay and nothing was torn or broken. :D

    1. Awww what a good boy chrome is. That is such a good trait to have. Last week the Arab in DIckie herd panicked and when through multiple fences because somethign was stuck on her leg.

    2. Oh my goodness! Crazy mare! I'm glad our boys are so calm and sane lol. :D