Update for Spider morning of 11-20-14: : "Spider update: We have to go to plan B as Spider went down 3 times last night. It is just too dangerous and risky in there since he wants to lie down to sleep. Will update with the next plan a little later. He is going back to his stall until we can make another one for him today."I think the poor boy doesn't know how to sleep standing up since his pelvis and hip area were probably too painful to allow standing sleep from his infancy to the present, so he has to lie down to sleep. He obviously knows that it's important to his wonderful new people that he should stand and not move around much, and he really tried hard to do that. But after 30 hours, I think he just HAD to sleep, so he lay down. He got up again after 30 or 40 minutes, again indicating that he knew he wasn't supposed to lie down. I think if they let him have room to lie down at night, he would stand in one place during the day and then just lie down to sleep and not get up until morning. He'll need a bigger sleeping area, though to allow lying down without risking his getting cast or otherwise trapped which could cause further injury. Apparently the non union fracture can still heal, but it will take longer.
Can they put a couple of hay bundles under his belly so he can at least relieve or rest his legs a bit when he wants to sleep at night...but not allowing him to lie down? Something like a golf observers stool where they are standing but leaning on a peg-like stool to rest the legs...I don't know what you call those things I see at golf tournaments...sorry.
The horse in the picture looks to be lying sternally and that's what Spider was doing last night, but he wants to lie flat. He only sleeps on his right side. It's the left side of his pelvis near the hip that has the fracture. It's half-healed, but the bottom part of it has missing bone and is a non-union heal. His body produced a lot of scar tissue that filled in the missing place and that keeps the bone from uniting. They're going to be using shock-wave therapy to help break up that scar tissue. Then they need to keep him as quiet as possible to allow the bone to knit together and prevent more scar tissue from forming and getting in the way. He was pretty good for 30 hours in the trailer being restricted from much movement. I think he will be okay with restricted movement during the day once they get him in a smaller area but they're going to have to let him lie down at night so he can sleep. Dr. Sam says the bone can still heal; it will just take longer.Your suggestions about the bales of hay or something under his tummy are probably not good for the same reason Dr. Sam doesn't want him in a sling. He needs to put stress on the pelvis by standing on his own feet and I think it would be impossible for him to lie down if he were blocked under his tummy by something. Could be scary, too.Ann is still treating his infected tendon in his right knee. Poor boy has a lot of aiiments to deal with. His body has a lot of healing it's being asked to do, all at once. Guess we'll all have to be a little bit more patient. Spider is being very good about everything, to the best of his ability. He just needs to lie all the way down to sleep. I guess it's kind of like me. I have to sleep on my side. When I have been in the hospital following surgeries and forced to lie on my back, I just could not sleep. It was really stressful. That kind of stress prevents healing. So it will be better for Spider to be allowed to rest and sleep as he needs to do.