AN UPDATE on our November Bucket Fund horse, PHOENIX, with the huge abscess on his rump!

Well, well, well.

This is interesting.

After having much needed food, meds, pain killers…. Phoenix was finally well enough to have surgery.   The vet found something very interesting, very good news and very non-lethal!

The problem was a piece of sternum bone (yes, from his chest) that had broken off perhaps a year ago… and traveled to his rump in order to try to escape the body.  This is how Mother Nature deals with foreign objects that come into our bodies.  If you have ever had a sliver, you know that a pus mound erupts at the site, and then the object is ejected.  But sometimes, the foreign object travels in the body, trying to find an escape route.

Well, this piece of bone was a foreign object and Phoenix’s body was trying to expel it.

Luckily, the vet was able to remove the bone from a deep cavern in  his hind end, and all of the dead tissue around it.


The great news is that Phoenix is expected to make a full recovery!  Can you believe it?!  From his horrible condition, to a cure.  Wonderful.  This is why we do what we do.

Phoenix is only 10 years old.  He has a full (better) life ahead of him.

BEFORE AND AFTER PICS (may be tough to view)

Before.  (I used the least graphic photos possible.  Just know that he had necrotic tissue all over his rump.  It was festering and very painful.)

*Andre, with the leg wound (Phoenix’s rescue mate, the white horse in the below photo), was diagnosed with a horrible Summer Wound infected by fly eggs.  He will recover, too!   To read his update, click here.

Here you can see Phoenix with his oozing, bloody rump sores.

This is Phoenix in the hospital before his surgeries. They needed to get him healthier to survive surgery.

There were several infection drainage tracks in his rump. Something was in there… some reason for the abscess.

** If you would like to help with Phoenix’s vet bills, please donate here or below!


These photos are taken from a moving video, so they are not perfect.  However, I did try to take the least graphic photos – yet still show the depth of the cavity and the careful surgery to remove the necrotic skin.

Next, the vets will put surgical maggots into this wound  (like we did for Mama Tess) to help clean up the deep crevices there.

The depth of the hole created to get at the infected piece of traveling bone – is astounding.

The vet then cut away all the necrotic tissue around the infection tracks. As you can see here, he had one by his tail and several around his rump. This is the infection trying to get out.

The vet did a great job of excising the necrotic tissue, cleaning it all and allowing the new, fresh tissue to heal. Next comes the surgical maggots (like we used for Mama Tess) to clean the remaining crevices that the DR may not have found. –As you can see here, there were several tracks created to try to release that floating piece of sternum bone.

NOVEMBER BUCKET FUND HORSES!  Andre and Phoenix – BOTH with Massive Wounds and dumped at the auction!   Click here to read the story!

We are $100 from our goal!  Please help if you can… this is horrendous and will take a lot of expert care to heal them.




I’m no genius. Just an average girl who has a passion to save horses in need. This is my idea going forward. If we have a constant fund going daily… we will have funds to give to those on the ground who are saving these horses in real time at the killing auctions.

Horse and Man Foundation, Inc has a new Fund button. KEEP THEM OFF THE TRUCK FUND. This fund will go on all day, all the time. It will always be here. If you want to save a horse from slaughter, you know we will do that here.

All donations are 100% tax deductible!



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  1. Calvin48

    That is one hell of an abscess! It’s exciting the think that it will now be able to heal.

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