April’s wound — after cleaning but before suturing

Dr. Hannah’s assistant sent me this horrible photo of April’s injury, just before it was sutured up.  THIS IS WHY BARBED WIRE IS NOT SUITABLE FENCING FOR HORSES!!!  If this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.   Everyone horse owner should see this photo, as gross as it is — feel free to share it!

April is doing well.  She’s a little shy and doesn’t appear to have been handled much, but she’s sweet and tolerating her treatments well.  So far the stitches are holding well, and the drain has been removed.  Dr. Hannah remains cautiously optimistic, but as deep as the wound is and as she had to do two layers of sutures (one for the muscles, another for the skin), infection is a significant concerns, as is that the wound will open up.