Sunday, December 27, 2020: Today was a hard day.
We'll call this chapter "Moonie The One-Eyed Wonder Horse."
With the blubbering out of the way, I got busy brushing and grooming him. He stood perfectly still, enjoying the attention. In preparation for bandaging, I braided his mane and his forelock.
He continued to just stand there. Now mind you, I did not have a halter on him. He was not tethered. He stood there because he wanted to.
I think it had a calming effect on him, because when it was time to put on his halter and go into the barn for his surgery, he was so calm and so laid back.
Surgery, though longer than I expected went well. I stayed out in the dry lot with the rest of the herd,
knowing that I would not have the stomach for what was happening inside the barn. Moonie was well sedated and lots of local anesthetic was used... so he stood perfectly still during the surgery. It wasn't until he heard one of his family whinnying, that his ears perked up, letting us know he was still there, aware on some level.
Dr. Becky examined his eye, after its removal and was happy to see that the tumor looked self-contained and that we had caught it early. That, of course, was a huge relief!