Olympic Contender Survives Colic

In May, colic almost took the life of the Dutch Warmblood gelding Grandeur, who was days away from a bid for the 2000 U.S. Olympic dressage squad.

With his rider, 1996 dressage team bronze medalist Steffen Peters, 12-year-old Grandeur was considered a top contender for Sydney. But after a light workout while preparing for the Olympic trials in Loxahatchee, Fla., Grandeur colicked.

During surgery, veterinarians discovered the horse’s intestine was wrapped around his spleen.

Grandeur is recovering nicely, thanks in part to his superb physical condition. This information was supplied by Pfizer Animal Health’s PreventiCare wellness program in which Grandeur is enrolled and thus was eligible for Colic Assistance Plan benefits. Pfizer will reimburse Grandeur’s surgeon for surgical costs and three days of aftercare—up to $5,000. Visit Pfizer Animal Health online at www.pfizer.com/equine for more information about PreventiCare.

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