Updated on 09/08/2012 10:27AM

Paynter makes slow progress in battle against colitis, laminitis

Barbara D. Livingston
Paynter on Wednesday was walking in leg casts designed to keep the laminitis from getting worse.


Haskell winner Paynter remains hospitalized at a Schuylerville, N.Y., clinic but appears to have made some progress in fighting colitis, an inflammation of the colon, according to tweets Wednesday night from his owner Ahmed Zayat. 

"Paynter has been walking comfortably all day," Zayat tweeted just after 7 p.m. Eastern. "This afternoon his diarrhea resolved and he passed formed manure. He was mildly uncomfortable when defecating which is not uncommon in horses with colitis as the diarrhea resolves. He has had an intermittent low grade fever but his blood work continues to be normal. He continues to be treated aggressively. Please keep your good prayers and energy coming, our champ is fighting and fighting hard."

Paynter won the Haskell on July 29. Two days later, he shipped to New Jersey’s Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center with what his connections then believed to be pneumonia. He developed diarrhea but then improved and returned to light training with Bob Baffert two weeks later. Paynter shipped to the Schuylerville clinic on Aug. 26 after he developed diarrhea and a 103-degree temperature; the equine temperature normally ranges between 99 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

On Tuesday, Zayat tweeted that his 3-year-old Awesome Again colt had suffered a setback when X-rays revealed laminitis developing in three of his legs. Paynter has since been fitted with casts to support his feet. Also on Tuesday, Zayat revealed that the colt had developed an infection at the site of his catheter, followed by disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, a blood-clotting problem that can occur as a secondary issue after ailments such as sepsis