A Woman Near Peterborough Saved Her Yearling Horse That Was Being Attacked By A Coyote

A Douro-Dummer woman's Facebook post (see below) about her yearling horse Indy getting attacked by a coyote is getting hundreds of shares on Facebook.

Screengrab via Facebook post

Screengrab via Facebook post

Sara Whetung, a freelance horse trainer, tells PTBOCanada her harrowing story of the attack she witnessed on Friday, March 24th at her barn on Whetung Road near Stoney Lake Market at Crowe's Landing:

"It happened at approximately 7:15 pm at our farm (Canadian Frost Farm) at Crowe's Landing on Stoney Lake. My horses (I have 3) come in the barn in the evening to have their evening grain, then are turned back out for the rest of the night. My horses came in as usual on Friday night (when this happened) and were turned back out. When getting back into the paddock, my Appaloosa yearling Indy (she is 1 year, 9 months) ran down to the run-in shed—which is a short distance down the hill from the paddock gate they are led in—and did not return."

Sarah with her beloved Indy

Sarah with her beloved Indy

"I was not alarmed at first, as I often put hay out down by the run in, however she did not return. I proceeded to pick up manure and check the water trough (by the gate), when I heard loud screams coming from my filly, Indy, along with thrashing noises. I immediately (with manure fork in hand) ran down to the run-in where I found her down on the ground with the coyote on top of her ripping her leg. I was also yelling and screaming at the time. The coyote, after hearing and seeing me, jumped back and off of the filly, and took off into the bush. The filly continued to flail on the ground and I had to get her up. The filly suffered a large 8 inch gash to the bone on her right front leg, as well as a small gash on her back leg and nose."

Indy's deep gash

Indy's deep gash

While the vet has stitched up Indy, Sara tells PTBOCanada she is not in the clear by any stretch:

"It's a 50/50 chance she will heal properly. The infection risk is high. Because the wound is right on the joint, the stitching is less likely to hold. She was very close to having tendons/ligaments exposed, but thankfully they were not."

Indeed, Indy's current vet bills and future bills will be high, so Sara—a Trent student—has set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes people will help cover the costs and ensure Indy receives the best care and support required to make a full recovery.

Indy stitched up, and safe in her stall

Indy stitched up, and safe in her stall

Whetung adds that there are lots of coyote tracks this morning (March 26th) up by her barn: "The horses are in now 24/7, as I am not confident turning them out until this coyote is dispatched. Coyotes are very thick out here this year, and while this is most likely a random attack, they have also been taunting my neighbor's horses and getting in the paddocks with them, too."

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