Dr. Mavangira pointed out that peering into the holes revealed his sinus cavity - a "pink, fleshy void" just a bit bigger than a softball. Medical protocol following a de-horning procedure is to "not" bandage the wounds as covering up the holes would encourage the accumulation of moisture and moisture breeds bacteria so to eliminate the chance of infection, the standard procedure is to leave the cauterized holes open to the air. Concerned, I asked Dr. Mavangira, "what about the flies?" He replied that they can be a big problem and suggested two options. Number 1, spray the holes daily with fly spray and keep your fingers crossed that the flies won't find Woodrow's sinus cavity a suitable environment in which to lay their eggs or, number 2, try to finagle some type of covering that would allow for adequate ventilation. When we returned back to the ranch, we decided the best course of action to keep the flies away was to fashion some kind of a covering as spraying a pesticide directly onto a fresh, open wound just didn't sound like a good thing to do. Our first attempt was to cut up one of the horse's fly masks but we couldn't get it to fit. The Velcro closure was in the wrong place and the material was too rigid. Then, we tried to fashion a "plug" of sorts to place directly over the holes but we couldn't find a way to securely attach the "plug" to his head.
Frustrated, I went in search of Woodrow and found him standing in the canal, tossing his head from side to side, trying to cast off the flies that were, as predicted, crawling in and out of the holes in his head. I stood there for a long while evaluating the situation and then it hit me - two bumps that need to be covered... what about a bra?
As luck would have it, a week earlier, I picked up a truck load of donations for our annual barn sale and I remembered seeing a suitcase full of brand new bras. Even though my husband thought me "completely off my rocker", I went digging and found a baby pink, padded, 36-C cup bra. I cut away the padded inner lining to ensure ventilation, put his ears through the arm bands, tied them together under his neck and connected the back clasp to the arm bands. Much to my surprise, it fit perfectly. Only a "woman rancher" could have thought this one up!!! Later that week, I emailed Dr. Mavangira a few photos of Woodrow modeling his new head gear. He replied, "Well....I must say that I'm at a loss for words. This is GREAT! These pictures and your method of dealing with the problem will definitely be a part of my lectures."