Thursday, May. 23, 2024

Dutch World Cup Final Horse Gets Colic Surgery In Iowa

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Torveslettens Titanium RS2, who competed in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Omaha, Nebraska, with Dutch rider Marieke van der Putten, underwent colic surgery at the Iowa State University Large Animal Hospital.

On April 7, two days after finishing eighth in Grand Prix, van der Putten withdrew from that evening’s freestyle, because “Tito,” an 11-year-old Danish Warmblood (Totilas—Toerveslettens Stamina, Stedinger) was colicky. Van der Putten posted on her Facebook page on April 9 that he had been transported to the clinic and undergone surgery.

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“[The] most important thing is that he is doing fine now! Nothing is more important than for him being healthy and happy,” she wrote. “Of course he has a long way to go, but Tito is the biggest little pretty fighter on this planet, so I am sure he will be back strong and healthy as ever! A big thank you to Edwin Enzerink who is our team vet and stayed with him the whole time and did an amazing job.”

While van der Putten returned to Groesbeek, the Netherlands, groom Sanne Vondel stayed behind to care for Tito until he’s ready to head home.

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