After the surgical procedure has concluded, the horse returns to one of our specialized recovery stalls where they are gently laid down on a thick padded mat. Our recovery stalls were designed with non-skid flooring and padded walls to minimize the risk of injury. During this time we are able to provide supplemental oxygenation as well as monitor their recovery out of anesthesia. A minimum of two attendants help our horses recover via head and tail ropes thus minimizing any risk of injury as they regain control and stand up. Once they are standing comfortably, they are returned to their stall where they will continue to receive their prescribed treatment until discharged to go home. On special cases we have the ability to induce and recover a horse while on a specially designed horse sling allowing us to prevent further damage in the case of a severe fracture.
Furthermore, we are one of the few facilities in the country that is able to recover surgical cases in a specially designed recovery pool. If the surgeon deems it necessary we can carry the anesthetized horse, via a sling, to our recovery pool where they can be lowered and recovered in warm water. Alamo Pintado pioneered the use of post-surgical water recovery tanks over ten years ago. The original design was refined over the years to our current state-of-the-art pool. The pool itself is nine feet deep, with a non-skid coated metal grid that serves as the floor. This grid can be hydraulically lowered or raised as the horse recovers and regains control of it’s movements. The pool is heated and there are several water jets that provide gentle massaging of the horse during the recovery process. The horse itself only goes in up to it’s withers, still suspended from the sling and supported by it’s own buoyancy. Their head is fitted with flotation aids and there are at least five attendants present at all times. As the horse regains consciousness, the floor is then slowly raised and they can slowly begin to bear weight on their legs. When the veterinarian deems that the horse is ready to leave, the grid is raised to the floor level and the horse can be transported – or walked -back to it’s stall. This represents the ultimate in safety for the recovering horse, especially in the case of severe leg injuries.