Red's splint bone surgery is scheduled for around 9:30 tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. I talked to the surgeon this afternoon after delivering Red to the vet hospital. The surgeon expects to be removing the bottom 10 cm of his lateral left hind splint bone - the portion that is fractured and also the portion above that is pulled away from the cannon bone.
Including time for sedation, prep, anesthesia, the surgery and recovery from anesthesia, the total time is 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The riskiest portion is the recovery when horses attempt to stand for the first time after waking up. The surgery itself should be straightforward.
After surgery, Red will likely return home on Friday, and then have 2-3 weeks of stall rest. He's not going to think much of that, but there is a stall available in the main barn (a horse just moved) that Red can use during the day - it's right in the main aisle opposite the wash rack and there should be lots to watch. At night he can be in his regular stall next to Pie. Once the stitches are out and he's in a pen, things should be easier.
Recovery from this surgery, if the suspensory ligament and flexor tendon are not affected - the fact that he's almost sound now is a good indication that things may be OK - should be uneventful, and I should be riding him at the walk after 3 weeks.
I spent some time sitting with him this afternoon to reassure him that I was still there, and he seemed fairly settled. I won't see him again until after the surgery - keeping fingers (and toes and hooves) crossed that all goes well. I'll be working on blog posts on the clinic while I'm waiting - someone at the barn asked me what I'd learned at the clinic, and I replied that there are so many things that I'd have to share my written reports with her to explain.