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?