Just a warning before I get in too deep, I'm including photos of the wound and while it's not too disgusting or horrific, it is pretty saddening. If you don't do well with injuries and some blood, I wouldn't recommend viewing the photos.
He started off by sedating him (a lot more than he normally would've, he said, because the pain is so bad on the wither.) then shaved and cleaned the area. He created another hole on the wither for it to drain, then drained it himself quickly and placed a drain in it. He has a little plastic thing in both holes to keep them opened long enough for it to drain properly. He's coming back tomorrow for a recheck. He did say that we have no idea who this horse is or how he'll turn out because of his wither pain. He said that he could go two ways - he could be a terrible, dangerous horse when he feels good, or he'll be absolutely perfect.
He said that it looked fairly clean and that we'd done a good job with medicating and etc, but was very happy we had the vet out so soon to look at him and seemed happy with his weight and etc. He explained a bit on what the plan was now, and prescribed some stuff for the pain (like Bute) and antibiotics. Shalom is going to be stalled for the next few days so the other horses don't mess with the drain or hurt him further. He'll probably be taking x-rays tomorrow and then we'll know more about what's going on and how long he needs to heal, if it's treatable and if he needs anything more than the medication and etc. For all we know, he could be totally fine now as long as we make sure it drains and is clean, or he could need a procedure to fix something. We're praying it's not in his bone.
The hole was seriously so tiny, around the size of a pea. We were expecting something totally huge and disgusting but it wasn't bad. It was really hard seeing him all doped up and going through this, though. He's living a good life now, so we have peace over that, but it breaks our hearts to see him having to continue going through hard things like this just because people are jerks and don't bother taking care of their horses. :P
|No smoking, Shalom!|
When mom went up to clean it this morning and check on him, he did wonderful with letting her mess with it which made us all sigh in relief and it made us think that maybe, he's going to be a sweetheart even after all of this. ;) She said he grated his teeth a lot and you could tell it was very sore, but no pinning ears, no nipping, and before we drained it he would pin ears at you if you got near his back. She groomed him out afterwards and he actually enjoyed it and was totally content and loving. It's good to see him feeling better now.
So now, our plan is lots of rest of him, lots of check-ups with the vet, and some good TLC for the mister.
Vet comes out tomorrow, farrier should be out on Thursday. Busy, expensive week for us, haha. Hopefully riding this weekend, we haven't had time at all this week and last weekend was freezing cold :P
|Also, Red is a flamingo now.|
|And he's still cute.|