Stonestreet Farm has been doing an excellent job keeping Rachel Alexandra’s fans and followers informed of her recuperative progress. The plucky champion mare, 2009 Horse of the Year, has been fighting to recover with strength and incredible valor.
Rood & Riddle veterinarians have been optimistic about her continued progress during the various stages of her recovery.
Rachel Alexandra was rushed to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital not long after she delivered her Bernardini filly on February 12. On February 13 Rachel underwent serious abdominal surgery due to birthing complications.
The mare had many serious obstacles to overcome post surgery and she fought her way through them in her resolute way. Rachel’s vital signs remained normal and her strength slowly improved over the following days.
Both Dr. Brett Woodie and Dr. Bonnie Barr, the attending veterinarians, remained cautious about Rachel’s condition, but they were pleased at the progress she was making.
Over the intense days that followed Rachel’s surgery and her critical condition, each small milestone was a cause to rejoice. When she was taken off IV fluids, Dr. Woodie said, “I couldn’t be happier with where she is right now.”
With vital signs remaining normal and increasing strength, Rachel has been able to manage walks each day, as well as some grazing.
Dr. Barr noted, “If she wasn’t as smart and as strong-willed as she is she wouldn’t be progressing the way she is.”
During the February 23 to 24 weekend, Rachel had enough of an appetite to completely remove her from her IV fluids. Stonestreet noted, “Her trademark spirit has returned, including a nip here and there.” Rachel is intelligent and strong-willed, a perfect combination during her recuperation. She is aware that people are helping her and taking care of her.
In fact, she has become friends with medicine technician Brent Comer. He is her caregiver and spends much time grooming Rachel and keeping her company. She enjoys his attention and ear rubs and all the treats.
The latest update from Stonestreet Farm read, "We continue to hope for steady, uneventful, daily progress."
Stonestreet posted recent pictures of the filly and Ojos on Facebook. Rachel’s filly is coming along nicely under the watchful care of nurse mare Ojos
Go Rachel Alexander! Please continue to get well.
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