10/08/2012 2:50PM

Paynter holding his own in recovery after surgery

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Haskell winner Paynter continued to hold his own Sunday, four days after undergoing surgery to remove a 35-centimeter abscessed area from his cecum, according to tweets by owner Ahmed Zayat.

The 3-year-old Awesome Again colt remains at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center veterinary hospital.

“Paynter continues to enjoy a good recovery, according to Dr. [Louise] Southwood,” Zayat said on his Twitter account Sunday. “He had a ‘phenomenal’ day yesterday, eating, happy, healthy, finally took a deep sleep like a little foal. . . . Today he continues to enjoy good health, while a little quiet in the very early morning, he perked up big time while grazing towards noon time, all in all we are happy. Not declaring victory yet, not out of the woods yet.”

Paynter has been hospitalized since Aug. 26, when he was admitted to Upstate Equine Medical Clinic in Schuylerville, N.Y. Veterinarians diagnosed him with colitis, an intestinal inflammation, and later identified the abscess via ultrasound. The colt began to show early signs of laminitis during his initial treatment, but his veterinary team was able to halt the sometimes fatal hoof disease. He shipped to New Bolton for the surgery Oct. 1.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful words: "Phenomenal day - eating, happy, healthy". It's heartwarming to know Paynter is feeling better and healing well. Such a brave, strong horse. It sounds as if Paynter is now on the upside toward full health. Paynter is not out of the woods yet, one day at a time, but this is another step in the right direction. Paynter, keep up the good work! Keep up the good attitude. Continue to be strong heal quickly. We still send our good thoughts to you and still stand in solidarity with you! Power up, Paynter!
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Way to go Joy! Very well said, keep up with the thoughtful and uplifting posts! Always great to read them.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Great news. Wouldnt it be something if this guy produced the next great horse.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Deep sleep encouraging. This horse must be exhausted.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
He still needs a lot of time to recover but it looks real good! If the vet staff is happy, it's a great day! He will soon put on the weight he lost - it comes off fast but regaining it is a slow process. Very good news.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
No declaration of victory, but the finish line is in sight. Paynter instinctively knows where it is and he's not backing down. He's had many attempts at the lifeline and it's within his reach. He's not a quitter. Grab hold for good, Paynter!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Good news, I'm happy to read. Continued prayer for Paynter and his connections that he makes a full recovery. Please keep the fans informed, yeah!!