Rachel Alexandra returns home after foaling complications - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Rachel Alexandra returns home after surgeries for foaling complications

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rachel Alexandra returned home to Stonestreet Farm today as part of the next step in a long recovery process from complications of giving birth to a foal in February.

The Preakness winner and 2009 Horse of the Year Eclipse Award winner underwent abdominal surgery in mid-February, then in the first week of March developed an access near her reproductive tract that required yet another surgical procedure.

Today, however, 3 1/2 weeks after that procedure and more than a month after being rushed to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for treatment, Rachel Alexandra was well enough to return home to her Stonestreet stall, which employees have been decorating with cards during her absence. A get-well banner from Fair Grounds Race Course stretched across her barn, according to a release from Stonestreet Farms.

"Having Rachel home is a milestone in her recovery. Our Stonestreet team is so happy to have her home and we are eager to give her all the exceptional care and attention she needs," said Barbara Banke, "I am deeply grateful to Drs. Woodie, Barr, Reed and the entire Rood & Riddle team for the unparalleled care Rachel has received at their facility. A special thank you as well to Medical Technician Brent Comer for his dedication to her care, and to Alex Riddle for keeping Rachel's fans updated on her progress."

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Stonestreet's team and Rood & Riddle medical technicians will join to monitor Rachel around the clock while Dr. Bonnie Barr checks her progress with daily visits to the farm.

"This time of transition is a big step, as well as an added stress in her recovery from a very serious, life-threatening condition. We feel, however, that she is ready to take on this challenge, and in doing so, she takes the next step toward getting back to life on the farm," said Dr. Barr.

Rachel's first few days at home will focus on ensuring she is comfortable in her surroundings through hand grazing. She will then transition to a small, temporary round pen the size of her stall. As Rachel becomes comfortable and her team feels satisfied with her progress, panels will be inserted to gradually extend that round pen.

These slow, deliberate, day-to-day steps are designed to evolve into turnout in a regularly sized round pen followed ultimately by transition to a small paddock. While this process could take as little as a couple of weeks, Rachel and her team will set a cautious pace.

For regular updates on Rachel Alexandra's condition, visit Stonestreet Farm's web page here.

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