Rachel Alexandra Goes for Short Walk

Doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., said Monday, Feb. 18, that 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra remains stable as she recovers from abdominal surgery performed Feb. 13 following foaling complications.

"If she wasn't as smart and as strong-willed as she is," said Bonnie Barr, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, "she wouldn't be progressing the way she is."

While she is still listed in serious condition on the morning of Feb. 18, Rachel Alexandra was able to go for a short walk outside. She was able to eat a small amount of grass and remains bright with normal vital signs.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, a small amount of feed was introduced in addition to her intravenous fluids and nutrition. Her appetite continues to improve and attending veterinarians Barr and Brett Woodie, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, remain encouraged by her progress.

Rood & Riddle does not plan an update Feb. 19 unless a change in Rachel Alexandra's condition occurs. The next scheduled update is Feb. 20.

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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