In an announcement issued by Coolmore Stud on September 4, St Nicholas Abbey “continues to make good progress in his recovery.” Coolmore does remind the stallion’s fans that even though he is doing well, there remains a long road of recovery ahead.
The beloved 6 year old Thoroughbred, a son of Montjeu, fractured his right leg in a regular exercise run at Ballydoyle. It was a routine workout and somehow the stallion took a serious misstep during that gallop. The freak accident nearly cost him his life.
The injury to St Nicholas Abbey’s leg required immediate surgery. When it was through, the stallion had undergone major surgery and had 20 screws and two bone plates inserted in the bone of his right leg. Another life-threatening surgery and a few emergencies followed, but St Nicholas Abbey fought on.
Coolmore states that “while still having a guarded prognosis, St Nicholas Abbey has had his best week since his initial surgery!”
The horse is experiencing improvement in his injured foreleg and is progressing well. He is walking as well as can be expected.
St Nicholas Abbey seems more at ease, lies down to rest and has an improved appetite. Most importantly, his blood work has returned to normal with a stabilized temperature.
According to Coolmore’s release,
His appetite is excellent so he is starting to thrive.
According to the released statement from Coolmore, Doctors Kelly and O’Brien are “more upbeat” about St Nicholas Abbey’s overall prognosis but caution that he has many weeks ahead of him before he is completely out of danger.
If you enjoyed this article by Heidi Rucki, please click the link above to subscribe and get others. It’s free, informative and anonymous. Read Rucki's articles on Examiner.com.