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Rachel Alexandra remains stable Monday
By Nicole Russo
Although the condition of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra remained "serious but stable" on Monday as she continues her recovery from surgery for foaling complications, veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., were encouraged by the mare's progress.
"If she wasn’t as smart and as strong-willed as she is, she wouldn't be progressing the way she is," said Dr. Bonnie Barr, an attending veterinarian on the case.
Rachel Alexandra began showing signs of distress on the afternoon of Feb. 13 after delivering a Bernardini filly, her second foal, early the day prior at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington. Exploratory abdominal surgery revealed a damaged area in the mare's small colon, injured during foaling, which led to a bacterial infection. Surgeons removed the damaged section of the small colon and successfully reattached the two remaining ends.
No long-term prognosis has yet been discussed by veterinarians, but the 7-year-old Medaglia d'Oro mare has remained stable in the days following her surgery, demonstrating an improved attitude in recent days.
Rachel Alexandra went for a short walk outside at Rood and Riddle on Monday, a mild February day in Lexington, with the temperature in the 50s. The mare also was able to hand-graze briefly.
Rachel Alexandra had begun receiving small amounts of solid feed on Saturday, in addition to intravenous fluids and nutrients.
"Her appetite continues to improve and attending veterinarians Dr. Bonnie Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie remained encouraged by her progress through the weekend," Stonestreet said in a release.
Rachel Alexandra's post-operative care has included intravenous antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and medications to aid in the prevention of scar tissue in the abdominal cavity.
Nice work to the vets.
Great news. Stay strong Rachel and god bless you!
You go girl. Be brave and strong. Don't give up the fight pretty girl.
Itts a little harder reading the articles knowing Rachel is having a tough time ! Seems this Vet and the hospital have a good handle on getting her well, and back with her foal, Go Get them Rachel, get well ! Its a cold exacta, Rachel gets well and both mom and baby become big stars !
have to keep our fingers crossed for this special race hoss'''''''''1
Rachel A. has way too much heart to give into this illness. Even her vet's know it. Alpha Females never cave in... by she's still in my prayers.
Now......STAY AWAY ADHESIONS AND COLIC!!!!! (Knocking on wood!)
Send this mare to Horse Park for her fans!
Best wishes to the mare and those that care for her! Her time on the track will live forever in this house.
This is terrific news-- overcoming sepsis enough to go outside, walk and graze is major progress. Fight on Rachel!