Outcome: Not sure about me yet...I'll live, but there may be some breathing consequences. They have a chest tube in, and I'm on oxygen, but we're having trouble keeping my lungs inflated. Hopefully, it's just early days.
For Big? Well Big is 15 and he's always been opinionated and a PITA. But I've felt safe on him. He never did anything dangerous. He was totally brave and his spook was a stop. S.T.O.P. We've been in swarms of yellow jackets riding War Woman in GA. And all he did was run full out till he was soaked and standing in the sun. He ignores snakes, deer, turkeys, llamas and cows. He's crowhopped. Heck, he used to buck when frustrated. He stopped that. He stopped biting. He stopped running down hill at speed. He stopped moving while being saddled. He stands like a rock for mounting and dismounting He's definitely been trainable and I've enjoyed molding him. BUT: He's 15, he has squamous cell carcinoma of the penis and he has an attitude. We've been treating the cancer...freezing it off whenever it appeared, but this year it just exploded the entire length...and the decision was made to keep him comfortable, watch and put him down when it begain bothering him. SO...If can find someone who wants a lawn ornament with a full medical disclosure, along with an honest appraisal of his character, then he might live a little longer. This is not a horse for a child or a newbe. If someone like that doesn't show up in a month or two, then Big's cancer will become terminal. Quickly.
I love this horse, but he will be dying sooner or later from the cancer, this way will just be a year or two sooner. We don't know what it's doing inside. Heck, it could be the cause of this if he was in pain and we didn't know it, or it spread to his brain. Either way, he won't hurt, nor will he hurt anyone else. I hope he finds a home, but I'm not counting on it.