In an updated report from Coolmore Stud on August 28, St Nicholas Abbey experienced a setback in his recovery progression but surgeons believe that the 6-year-old stallion is handling his latest procedure well. According to the report, St. Nicholas Abbey “was comfortable and walking as well as can be expected."
Coolmore’s website makes the following statement:
A major complication in St Nicholas Abbey's recovery arose on Monday, August 26, evening as he appeared a little uncomfortable. Radiographs showed the steel weight-bearing pin in his cannon bone had broken and, after consultation, the surgeons decided to take it out.
It is relatively easy to view the pin on the attached photograph of the radiograph.
Surgeons performed the procedure on St Nicholas Abbey Monday night. The leg has been surrounded by a new cast. According to the update, St Nicholas Abbey is applying weight on the severely fractured leg.
Continuing with the statement:
This development has come sooner than we would have ideally liked, so the next week is a very tentative period for us. This August 28 morning St Nicholas Abbey is comfortable and is walking as well as can be expected. His temperament and demeanor are a tremendous plus both for him and the team treating him.
St Nicholas Abbey sustained the severe fracture to his front leg during a Ballydoyle training session on July 23. The plucky stallion has undergone major surgery to set and cast the fracture and, again, endured yet another serious surgery for a colic-related condition.
He has shown amazing resiliency throughout his ordeals.
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