A 6cm incision was made directly over the linear foreign bodies followed by careful dissection of the subcutaneous tissues (Figures 4 and 5). Although the ultrasound exam suggested that the foreign bodies were big and obvious, it was quite tedious to locate the wooden offenders. In this case, 2 weeks had passed since the mare had impaled herself and her body had begun the process of forming thick scar tissue around the splinters, like a cocoon. After what seemed hours, 5 wooden splinters (Figure 6) ranging in size were removed from the mare's neck!!
The wound was lavaged heavily and left open to heal by second intention. It is probable that some wood fragments remain within the wound however their size and the extensive surgical exposure should allow for adequate healing without complications.