I can't really go into much detail onto what happened, what caused this, etc at the moment - but when everything clears up I'll give you guys the full story! It's pretty serious but I'm hoping for a good outcome with this. Robbie is in high spirits and not in a ton of pain (considering his condition) so that makes me and the vets hopeful. :)
What I can say is this basically started out as a small cut/nick of the hind extensor tendon - escalated into a small infection/re-opening of the scabbed over cut - and onto an almost severed hind leg. He was given a prognosis of 100% full recovery at the start of this mess, now he has a 50/50 chance. Here are the pictures - they do show blood and the last one is pretty graphic so be warned!
I've never been so scared/worried/horrified in my whole life. I just really need support through this and you guys being horse people are the ones who really understand. Robbie isn't just my horse, but he's my best friend and my baby. And the fact that this is happening to him and I can't do anything crushes me. :( Any positive stories you have about a horse recovering from a horrific injury would be amazing to hear right now, all I can think of is the worst.
Right before infection:
Infection (notice the lovely hole haha):
Right before bad severance:
Severed (it's so deep you can see the bone/joint when he flexes the fetlock) ...this happened less than 6 hours after the above picture: