Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital released the following update on 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra Thursday night:
Though her road toward recovery remains remarkable following abdominal surgery performed on February 13th, this is an important reminder that challenges remain.
Rachel Alexandra remained bright, with a good appetite, after doctors at Rood & Riddle drained an abscess detected this morning.
“As part of the continuous evaluation and monitoring that Rachel is receiving at Rood & Riddle, an abscess adjacent to her reproductive tract and rectum was found this morning,” said Dr. Brett Woodie.
Rood & Riddle reported the abscess was drained successfully via a standing surgical procedure, throughout which Rachel’s vital signs remained normal.
She was also bright and alert with a good appetite following this procedure and was even able to graze this afternoon.
While this type of hurdle is not unexpected, Rachel will remain at Rood & Riddle for continuous observation as she continues down what has been called “a long road” toward recovery.
Another update on her condition can be expected on Monday, March 11th unless a change in her condition were to occur sooner.