09/10/2012 3:29PM

Paynter grazes outside, continues to show improvement

Barbara D. Livingston
Paynter grazed outside on Monday for the first time since Aug. 26.

Paynter, the Grade 1 Haskell winner and Belmont Stakes runner-up, continues to show positive signs in his battle with colitis and laminitis, according to updates presented on Twitter by his owner, Ahmed Zayat.

In a series of tweets Monday afternoon, Zayat said that Paynter no longer has fever and that his blood work was normal and protein level was good.

“He is comfortable, stable and eating well,” Zayat tweeted, adding “all in all [it] looks like Paynter continues to turn the corner and [is] winning his battle with colitis.”

Paynter has spent the last two weeks at the Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y., with what was diagnosed as colitis, an inflammation of the colon.

About a week into his stay, Paynter also was diagnosed with the often fatal hoof disease known as laminitis. Three of his feet are in casts. On Monday, X-rays were taken on Paynter’s feet, and Zayat said Paynter’s attending veterinarian, Dr. Laura Javsicas, “was extremely happy to see that there [were] no radiological changes from last week. In fact, there has been much improvement from the way his feet looked before being in the cast. So she feels very hopeful and encouraged that if we continue to have comfortable feet and we feel blessed that this courageous Paynter, not only [has] beaten colitis but he has a very good chance of beating laminitis.”

Later in the afternoon, Justin Zayat, the racing manager for his father Ahmed, tweeted that Paynter was taken outside to graze for the first time since he was taken to the Upstate Equine Medical Center on Aug. 26.