My horse underwent colic surgery 2 months ago. She was supposed to have one more month of turn out before getting back to work, but the surgeon now says that she has a “functional hernia” and will need an additional 3 months off (6 months in total). He said that this kind of thing “just happens” sometimes, and he recommended a hernia belt.
I’m curious why this belt wasn’t recommended before the hernia got to where it is. My horse’s abdomen was never wrapped after surgery. However, I’ve looked up lots of post-op photos of horses online, and they all seem to be wrapped with elasticon or a hernia belt while still on an IV. Did my vet make a mistake here?
Thank you in advance!