Doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky reported on Monday that 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra's condition remains stable as she recovers from abdominal surgery performed Wednesday, February 13th following foaling complications.
"If she wasn't as smart and as strong-willed as she is," said Dr. Bonnie Barr, "she wouldn't be progressing the way she is."
This morning Rachel was able to go for a short walk outside, during which time she was able to eat a small amount of grass. She remains bright with normal vital signs.
On Saturday, a small amount of feed was introduced in addition to her IV fluids and nutrition. Her appetite continues to improve and attending veterinarians, Dr. Bonnie Barr and Dr. Brett Woodie, remained encouraged by her progress.
Rachel Alexandra has been moved into a new, brighter stall, which bears the her lucky #13, which was her post position when she became the first filly in 85-years to win the Preakness Stakes in 2009.