St Nicholas Abbey has made positive progress and is in good form today following yesterday’s colic surgery.
The colic was caused by caecal shutdown (equivalent to the human appendix), which is an extremely painful condition.
His treatment means he cannot have food for a prolonged period – this is difficult for a horse like St Nicholas Abbey who loves his food and usually never leaves an oat!
He will get parentral nutrition instead (intravenous nutrition) to fulfill his daily requirements.
Dr Nathan Slovis a medicine specialist from the Hagyard Institute in Kentucky arrived today to oversee his ongoing recovery and treatments.
All surgeons are pleased with the progress he is making with his pastern reconstruction and he is taking weight on the leg well.