09/04/2012 10:29PM

Paynter fitted with casts to support his feet, showing positive signs

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Paynter, the Haskell winner now hospitalized with colitis, underwent an evaluation by Hagyard Equine Medical Center veterinarian Dr. Brian Fraley on Tuesday and was fitted with casts to support his feet, according to tweets by his owner, Ahmed Zayat.

The procedure took place on the same day that Zayat said Paynter was beginning to show radiographic signs of laminitis, a painful and potentially fatal hoof disease. But Zayat tweeted an update Tuesday night, saying the 3-year-old Awesome Again colt was showing some positive signs as he continued to battle colitis. Paynter, who also was second to Union Rags in this year's Belmont, remains hospitalized at the Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y.

"He was very good for the procedure," Zayat said of Paynter on his Twitter feed. "His appetite has been greatly improved today and the diarrhea is improving. We are hopeful but are taking it day by day, and his comfort is our first concern. Please pray the hardest you can. We still want to give him the chance to fight it as long as he is telling us he wants to."

On Tuesday afternoon, Zayat tweeted that Paynter had shown signs of "rapidly progressing laminitis" that had affected three of his legs. In his nighttime tweets, Zayat noted that "Paynter had mild signs of foot pain today and radiographic changes."

Zayat tweeted Tuesday night that the effort to save his colt "will take a miracle, but he is a fighter."

EARLIER: Paynter found to have 'rapidly progressing' laminitis

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Hey, folks. Paynter is better but still needs our prayers. See current status and updates in new article as of 12:50pm today. God bless!
Five More than 1 year ago
I pray alot for Paynter. I am Catholic. Is Paynter Catholic too ? If not, would he still get my prayers ? I pray to Jesus and the Virgin Mary. I say alot of Hail Mary's. Would Paynter know who they are ? Does Paynter know, he's Paynter ? A name given him by a human ? Just wondering, that he knows to accept our prayers.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Ave Maria. In dominus patre, et filius, et spiritu sanctem, Amen. I pray with you.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
That's 'in nominus patre'^
Cris McHenka More than 1 year ago
Sat. Customer, people see a animal that is suffering and care. How can you tell them who they can pray for and who not to? There is not a set number of prayers that are allowed to be prayed or some rule that says they have to win a race difficult enough to impress certain people. He is fighting for his life and if it was the dog down the street I would say a prayer for him to overcome his illness. I am sure you want him to recover too. This is not meant as anything more than for you to rethink what the power of prayer is all about.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
How come you PETA people care more about animals than your fellow humans. That's totally insane
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Again, low...
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
I really hope he makes it,but lets save prayers for our fellow humans. There are hundreds of horses that break down or get ill every year. This isn't like Barbaro,Go for Wand or any other horse that captivated the nation. This is a good race horse that won a very weak Haskell,and a game 2nd in the Belmont.And is probably in this situation because of his trainer. A little perspective please
Charles Berger More than 1 year ago
What difference does it make if the field was week? He's flesh and blood and was so gallant in his loss in the Belmont. Those of us who are a part of the sport as backstretch help and owners may see things quite differently than aturday customers.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
And what's the difference between Paynter being in this situation and a $5000 claimer at Delaware breaking down
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Paynter just happened to be the last in a long line of struggles this year. I believe this is a rally for better care and transparency in horse racing. No horse should be ignored or have to suffer. Paynter made the headlines in their honor. Go with the flow or get out of the disqus:-)
C D More than 1 year ago
The fact that the horse was not a superstar on the track does not make him any less deserving of our prayers and hope that he will get better! And it is not the horse's fault who his trainer is. Perspective indeed!
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Go pray then for all the horses all over the country that breakdown daily,from Saratoga to the fair circuits. While your at it pray for the cows that make up your steaks,the chicken that you eat,and the fish you catch. That's perspective
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
But Sat. C, I don't see how any of that diminishes the spot Paynter is in. There will be time to address all you've mentioned but let that wait. I wanna say that I was reminded by a great Vet that in times like these all the anguish is on the humans. The animals live in the moment and do not have those fears of what tomorrow might bring. So here's to the Horse...
Mary Reynolds More than 1 year ago
What an apathetic, ill-informed person you are!
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Get real,PETA girl
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Sat C...You have just id'd yourself, not as a horse lover, or a fan of racing but as a low, low type who just lashes out, even if it would hurt a horse or a human. I'm sure you just hurt Mary Reynolds and that makes your day, right? Your comments don't belong here beside those of caring people. May you get painfully ill and stay that way...
Margaret Clemente More than 1 year ago
Chad-you said what all of us readers and prayers are thinking. What is a shallow person like sat.customer doing in this conversation to begin with. Obviously he is not a 'fan' of horse racing. I am not sure what words could be used to describe his outrageous comments and ignorance. You were very tactful.
Billie Mize More than 1 year ago
I agree with most of what you said and that is why I am praying so hard for him. He deserves a fabulous life for the situation he has been put in.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
The level of the horse's accomplishment does not affect the pain he is capable of feeling. Therefore, I feel just as bad for Paynter as I would for a champion, or for that matter a 10K claimer. (Also, there's no evidence that the trainer is to blame, and even if he were, would that somehow mean the horse did not deserve our sympathy?)
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I'm not a PETA girl, as most here are probably not. This is a story we have followed for over a week. Paynter is our symbol of hope and caring for all God's creatures, especially all the lost champions. Read all the articles and posts before you slam anyone here. It's more humanizing if you take time before a shout out to women and men alike. You can join the vigil or get off the board. Just lose the negativity.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Well said, Susan.
Ange More than 1 year ago
Why do you even bother to follow horse racing? Why don't you go down to the local homeless shelter and take care of our fellow humans.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Well said Ange...
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
You are a tool!
Archangel More than 1 year ago
You blame the trainer with no proof at all. And for some idiotic reason you think God has put some limit on prayers. Horses, legendary or not, were made by our Lord and are under our protection. Who the hell are you to go against God? I've been a practicing Catholic for 52the yrs and a horse racing fan for 39 yrs. Not just some "saturday customer". I've dealt with horses my whole life. It is obvious that you know nothing about horses, horse racing, excellent trainers, or frankly how God looks at all os including his creatures. You are misinformed and highly ignorant.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
My perspective is just fine, thank you very much. With all due respect, I believe you are the one who needs a little more perspective, and a whole lot more empathy and compassion in your heart. I pray for both humans and animals. What makes you think I don't pray for humans when they are going through a crisis, just as I pray for animals when they are facing a crisis? Let me assure you, I do. Prayer and good thoughts have been proven to be of help in times of crisis. I will continue to do what is positive in nature if it can be of help, and prayer, positive words and positive thinking helps. It does not matter whether a horse is a lower priced claimer or the number one multi-million dollar champion of the world. They all deserve a healthy life, a good life. And they all deserve prayer when they are facing a challenge. The same goes for humans as well. Wealth and status should have no bearing on empathy and compassion, or whether someone is offered a helping hand when they face a challenge. Everyone needs help once in awhile, even you, and I hope that help is never denied to you simply because you are deemed "not worthy enough" because you not as wealthy and "important" as a Walton or a Getty. What does it matter that the Haskell field was weak? That doesn't mean that Paynter is "weak" and should be thrown away. Paynter is excellently talented. Consult any racing magazine or website, question any racing authority or pundit, Paynter is considered one of the most talented horses in this country, a horse who is also on the improve. You should know that, you are on this website enough to know that fact. And please do not throw around accusations you can't substantiate. Horse often get this horrible illness through their feed, or being in the same approximate area as another horse who has had the illness, or even through stress. When you have irrefutable evidence proving your allegations, then investigations can be mounted. At this point in time, with Paynter being so ill, the most important thing is that this courageous horse pulls through this horrendous illness and goes on to a healthy, vital, happy life. That is all that is important right now. And I hope we all continue to send good thoughts and prayers Paynter's way until he beats this illness.
Mary Jene Howe-Giannini More than 1 year ago
prayers don't have a limit nor they decrease in value the nore you say them, And as for Paynter not being a champion he still deserves to live and to get good health care. It is nice to hear that an owner is genuinly concerned for his horse and is doing evrything he can for him. I personally will be praying that Paynter pulls through this.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness. I'm grateful Dr. Fraley has been brought in to help with Paynter's care, I understand he is the best in his field. And thank goodness Paynter has enormous courage and is still tenaciously fighting for his life, and so is Mr. Zayat. Paynter's attitude is still good, and there is improvement with his appetite and the diarrhea has lessened. All encouraging signs. Thank you, Mr. Zayat, for keeping us updated on Paynter's progress. Paynter, you are an incredible fighter! What an amazing horse you are. Your courage is monumental and inspiring. I will continue to prayer for you and stand by you in solidarity in this fight, that is a given. Your owner and his family, your medical team, your racing team and all of your fans are praying and standing by you, too. Everyone is in your corner. We're all pulling for you to triumph over these challenges. I pray for your medical team, and I am thankful for their skill and dedication in helping you win this battle. I pray the casts, the antibiotics and the other medications all work with speed to bring you relief and continue to make you better. Hang in there, buddy. You can do this! Continue to be strong and courageous. Keep that good attitude you've had all along, too. Continue to heal and improve. I will check in again on your progress in the morning. God speed to you, Paynter, and to your connections. Good night.
Charles Berger More than 1 year ago
Well said.............................Amen!!!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your prayers for Paynter, Charles.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
That's good to hear, they are taking this fight day by day. It's a marathon not a sprint, there will be good days as well as bad. Each time a medical issue comes up, solve it as quickly as possible and move on. I was happy to hear that they are listening to Paynter, he will tell them when the fight is over. Of course I know horses can die from Colitis but in my many years of being owned by horses and as a carer, we never gave up on a horse and ended the fight for them, we waited for them to let us know. Paynter is clearly a fighter, a true champion. Mr. Zayat will know if it all becomes too much for this wonderful colt.
Roy Sankar More than 1 year ago
i really hope he makes it ...but from his tweet tuesday it doesent look like he will make it though this ...im so crushed!!!
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
What I don't understand is they had to think that it was a real possibility that Paynter would end up with Laminitis. Why didn't they try and prevent this from happening! Couldn't they have already put him in casts or some kind of sling to help him! I am totally confused!
C D More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, it is the infection in his body that has brought on the laminitis. Even though the vets knew this was a possibility, there was really nothing they could have done to prevent it. The best vets in the country are working with Paynter and they are doing everything they can. Horses are just very fragile creatures and can be very difficult to treat when things start going wrong. Very sad situation; I hope he pulls through.
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
I don't mean to judge the good doctors! I am just thinking out loud! I realize they couldn't know that he would get this infection. I don't claim to know anything about equine medicine,because I don't! Just wish they could come up with some way to ease the stress off the feet,when a horse is very sick and lame! It seems that many sick horses end up dying from Laminitis and not from the illnesses that they were originally stricken with! So sad!
anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go Paynter! I wonder about vets, I'm glad they have more than one looking at him. All that effort and devotion is for naught if they don't do the right thing instead of doing everything. I think an animal can suffer if he has a chance to pull through. They have to do the right treatment in the right order, it sounds like they are but then have difficulty when complications arise. One would think they'd be mentally ready for these complications and would know what to do next as they happen. Certainly other horses have gone through this before. Experience helps a lot.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Dr. Fraley sits on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Humane Society. Also he is the foremost authority on equine podiatry. Paynter is in the best hands possible. Caring and knowledgeable. God bless this colt.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I prayed for a second opinion. I can never hurt. Glad to hear Paynter's podiatry vet has good creds. Thanx for that.
anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's the main vet I'm worried about, not Dr. Fraley.
RunningDog More than 1 year ago
Very Classy by Mr Zayat to keep fighting the fight and keeping the fans informed. I am sure the horse is insured, so if it was all about the money they could have ended it already.