Lincoln Raider back home today recovering from surgery to remove bone chip
Exciting galloper Lincoln Raider is back home today after successful surgery to remove a bone chip from his knee.
And trainer Lisa Latta expects the operation will see the four-year-old right back to his best when he resumes in the autumn.
Latta had the horse checked out after he was mildy lame after finishing second at Trentham at his last start on January 19, when he made up a huge amount of ground against a strong leader’s bias.
And on detecting swelling in his right intercarpal joint vet Tim Pearce referred the horse to Massey University’s equine hospital in Palmerston North.
Using arthroscope (keyhole) surgery, surgeons removed a bone fragment, removed damaged cartilage and debrided a kissing legion on the third carpal bone.
Latta says the procedure went like clockwork so it is hoped the horse might get back to the track sooner than anticipated.
Lincoln Raider will now be confined to a box for a month. If no infection sets in, Pearce will remove the horse’s sutures in two weeks, after which he will be hand walked for 10 minutes twice a day.
He can then be moved to a small paddock and, all going well, resume training in 10 to 12 weeks.
Latta says it’s hard to know when the injury occurred - bone chips can move around and affect horses intermittently.
But the significance of Opie Bosson’s report on the horse after his disappointing run in the Dunstan Final at Ellerslie on Boxing Day cannot be ignored.
Bosson revealed after the race that Lincoln Raider had struck the running rail several times early in the race and trotted gingerly back to scale.
“He seemed fine when we got home but sometimes it’s hard to pick up these things.’’
Latta noticed the horse changing legs at Trentham, a likely sign that he was being worried by something.
She is hoping she can put Lincoln Raider back into work in eight to 10 weeks given how straight forward the surgery was.
Lincoln Raider has been one of the most exciting of Lincoln Farms’ gallopers this season, alongside Lincoln Falls, his two explosive wins at Trentham in October and December prompting big money talks with overseas buyers.
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