Rachel Alexandra’s recovery “better than expected”

Stonestreet Farm and Rood & Riddle press release:

Veterinarians at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital remain pleased with champion Rachel Alexandra’s progress following abdominal surgery resulting from foaling complications in mid-February.

Dr. Brett Woodie, who performed the surgery, calls her recovery “better than expected.”

As updated over the weekend, Rachel’s appetite was good enough that she was taken off IV fluids and nutrition on Saturday. The 2009 Horse of the Year continues to hand walk and graze several times a day and her vitals are normal and her trademark spirit has returned, including a nip here and there.

Above, Rachel Alexandra and Rood & Riddle’s Brent Comer were undeterred by a pop-up shower of sleet during her scheduled afternoon walk on Wednesday, February 27th.

Dr. Bonnie Barr often credits her progress to the champion mare’s strong will and intelligence, noting that Rachel “let’s us take care of her”. For much of her day, that is Medicine Technician Brent Comer, who grooms and keeps Rachel company each day. The two have become fast friends, with Brent providing ear massages and a full buffet of treats.

We continue to hope for steady, uneventful, daily progress. Please look for the next update on March 7th, unless a change in her condition occurs.