UPDATED TUESDAY, 8:45 p.m. EDT: (From Ahmed Zayat @jazz3162 on Twitter: “Here is what we are trying to do to help Paynter fight his battle. It will take a miracle but he is a fighter. Paynter had mild signs of foot pain today and mild radiographic changes. We flew in Dr. Bryan Fraley, an affiliate of the Hagyard Equine Medical Center to evaluate him this afternoon and placed casts to support his feet. He was very good for the procedure. His appetite has been greatly improved today and the diarrhea is improving. We are hopeful but are taking it day by day and his comfort is our first concern. Please pray the hardest you can. We still want to give him the chance to fight it as long as he is telling us he wants to. #keepfightingpaynter #warrior”
Ahmed Zayat published a series of posts on his Twitter account (@jazz3162) Tuesday afternoon that paint a grim picture for his Grade 1-winning 3-year-old Paynter. The Awesome Again colt, who's been battling colitis for the last nine days, has now developed laminitis in three of his four feet. Zayat said he will leave it up to veterinarians to make the call on whether or not to continue the battles.
“We need to be compassionate and merciful and treat our star with the respect and love that he deserves while giving him the best chance in fighting for his life,” Zayat said.
Following are all of Zayat's recent Tweets, with only minor editing.
Paynter update: ‘Paynter situation continues to get worse. He had a bad night and not such a good morning. I have spent significant time speaking to his angel Dr. Laura (Javsicas) as well as Dr. Mark Cheney and other renowned vets all over the country. Unfortunately we have a very sick horse. who has developed serious complications in the last 24 hours.
“Other than fighting bravely his colitis, he continues to have diarrhea as well as his protein blood level is very low. We continue to give him plasma to help him out. His blood work continues to be good as well as his temp, so on a standalone basis he is fighting bravely and hard the colitis and he continues to make some progress fighting that disease.
“On the other hand, as I have explained in my tweets yesterday that he is developing a new issue about his veins being swollen. a disease that is called DIC which stands for disseminated intravascular coagulopathy. The most concerning news is as of last night he started becoming sore on his left foot and was scared to turn around and walk on it. Unfortunately, we only thought it was some swelling and eczema but it has worsened because today he has been diagnosed with our nightmare scenario of laminitis. It seems it is rapidly progressing after taking additoinal X-rays of the foot and discussing with some foot experts.
“Dr. Laura found out that he has developed it in 3 of his 4 legs, which is heartbreaking. Poor Paynter; I dont know how long he can fight this out so bravely without having pain and suffering. So far, Dr. Laura is very conscious of that and having his pain under control. But we need to look at all these problems.
“My deep concern is that he if he is a healthy horse he can fight laminitis, since it is the beginning but to be a sick horse and fight all these issues all at once, it is asking for too much.
“We need to be compassionate and merciful and treat our star with the respect and love that he deserves while giving him the best chance in fighting for his life. Please pray. Those are very detailed Tweets. as i am at loss in what's the right thing to do here, but I will leave it up to his caring and loving vet to decide what are the right courses of action. Please pray for pain-free Paynter.”
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