Today was Buckeye's day. A lot had happened to him by 9:00 am. He had been given a bath, the first in a very long, his leg had been cleaned and shaved for preparation for surgery. Now he was ready for the life giving surgery, thanks to you!
Soon he was in the operating room. He was given the drugs to make him go into la-la land.
Then his leg was cleaned again to make everything sterile. Here you can see how to the right is the flat area where he should be standing. He is actually standing on the front of his hoof.
Then the surgery began. At times everyone held their breath, finally the tendon was reached and was cut to relieve the contraction.
Tawnee stood behind him helping to support him in his sleepy state. You have heard of people holding hands during surgery and stressful situations, well, Buckeye wanted to hold hands too! He gently put his back hoof on Tawnee's foot as the surgery went on. He wanted emotional support.
The farrier will be coming out and making a special shoe that will help him walk on his heel, helping his rehab progress nicely.
He was such a good boy through the whole surgery and didn't feel any pain through it all. He knew that they were helping him.
He was a little confused about his new standing position on that foot, but with time it will come as second nature.
He is such a handsome little guy and he says "Thank you for saving my life! Look, I can put all my weight on my new foot properly."
We would like to thank you once again for giving Buckeye the gift of life. It will be a long rehab, but we know he is on the right path now. This operation could not be done without your support, and we thank you for your promptness in completing the fundraising goal so he could get the surgery he needed to relieve his pain sooner than later.
Many thanks to Gail G. for her steady monthly support. Please consider becoming a monthly sponsor, it is very easy. Be the horses hero, click here.