A number of people who have donkeys of their own have sent me emails expressing interest in what has happened to Ramsey's foot and how it was treated. I took these photos yesterday to show you what it looks like and as a way for me to better track his progress. Since I look at it every day, it can be hard to see progress.
Be warned, these are bit graphic. If you are not interested in such details, you might want to skip this post.
As the hoof grows from the top down, the hole will move farther and farther down toward the ground and eventually grow out. The resection is causing him surprisingly little pain at this point. He no longer even flinches when I replace the gauze packing. Hopefully, when he goes back to Cornell in four weeks, the foot will be healed and grown out enough that they can put an acrylic patch over the hole and eliminate the need for a bandage until it grows out completly.
The most painful part right now is the back of his heel. You can see, just where my thumb is and at the coronet band above the resection, that the hide is scurfing off where the bandage has rubbed and the abscess broke out.