Doug O'Neill posted updates on his Facebook page and on Twitter Tuesday concerning fan-favorite Lava Man, the ex-racehorse and stable pony who underwent treatment and surgery for colic.
“We know he's a tough guy but certainly would appreciate your good wishes,” reads the post. “We will keep everyone posted on his progress. Thank you!”
Later in the day, O'Neill said Lava Man had undergone surgery for a large colon displacement.
Update—Lava Man underwent colic surgery to correct a large colon displacement. He stood beautifully and is back in his stall to begin the recovery process. We want to thank the veterinarians and staff for their quick assessment and treatment. Thanks to all for the good wishes.
— Doug O'Neill (@DougONeill1) August 1, 2018
The 17-year-old Lava Man was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, and won 17 of his 47 career starts to earn over $5.2 million. His major victories include the Hollywood Gold Cup (2005, 2006, and 2007), Santa Anita Handicap (2006 and 2007), Pacific Classic (2006), and Charles Whittingham Memorial (2006).
Please keep Hall of Famer, “Coach” Lava Man in your thoughts and prayers. He is being treated medically for a colic episode. We'll keep you posted. Thank you. #LavaMan
— Doug O'Neill (@DougONeill1) July 31, 2018
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