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Paynter fitted with casts to support his feet, showing positive signs
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."
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
i really hope he makes it ...but from his tweet tuesday it doesent look like he will make it though this ...im so crushed!!!
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!
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.
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.
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