Commentary: Racehorse Paynter Continues Road to Recovery

Steve Haskin provides an update on Paynter’s recovery at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center.

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Steve Haskin, senior correspondant for The Blood-Horse, provides an update on Paynter’s recovery at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center. Share your thoughts on Steve’s blog at

As the morning sun burned through the dense fog that had enshrouded the Fair Hill training center (in Elkton, Md.), Paynter was brought out for his daily round of activity. It’s been several weeks since we first saw the colt arrive at Bruce and Amy Jackson’s Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center (on Oct. 15) for his rehab following the ordeal that nearly cost him his life.

Since his arrival on that rainy afternoon, Paynter has made steady progress, gaining 76 pounds. He is now nearing 1,000 pounds and is on his way to being back to normal weight. No time frame has been set as to how much longer he will remain at the facility.

In another important move forward, he had his first set of shoes put on several days ago and, in short, looks like a happy, healthy horse who is enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the horse heaven that is Fair Hill

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Steve Haskin is Senior Contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine, sister publication to The Horse.

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