Show Jumper Presley Boy in Intensive Care with Laminitis

Presley Boy, a 15-year-old black KWPN stallion and former 2012 Olympic hopeful for the Saudi Arabian show jumping team, is in intensive care at a Belgian equine hospital after developing laminitis following colic and endotoxemia, according to a July 11 statement from the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation.

Endotoxemia occurs when the outer cell envelope of Gram negative bacteria that normally reside in a horse's gut and environment crosses the intestinal wall and gains access to the bloodstream, prompting systemic inflammation. Although prompt endotoxemia treatment can slow or stop the associated inflammatory cascade, laminitis remains a possible complication of the condition.

According to the statement, Presley Boy worked July 5 at the Saudi Equestrian stables in Haras de Wisbecq, Belgium, under rider Khaled Al Eid and appeared in "excellent condition." Later that evening, the horse began showing signs of illness.

"In the early hours of July 6 he was diagnosed with subacute colic with endotoxemia, which was followed by an acute phase of laminitis," the statement read. "Presley Boy was immediately transferred to an equine hospital nearby, where he is currently in intensive care and being monitored around the clock."

The statement noted that, as of July 11, Saudi Equestrian had officially withdrawn the horse from Olympic consideration due to his illness.

Al Eid and Presley Boy competed at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games, held in Lexington, Ky., and finished the competition in 12th place individually on a score of 15.2, and in 8th place in the team competition.

"At this difficult time, the thoughts of the entire Saudi Equestrian team are with this great horse and his rider Khaled Al Eid," the Saudi Equestrian statement said.

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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