Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Colt's Keeper


I spent my morning today at one of the world's finest Egyptian Arabian stud farms, and although I count the owner of Albadeia Stud, Nasr Marei, as one of my friends, it wasn't a friendly visit. Nasr has built a surgery room at his stud and I had a month old colt who had somehow or other managed to break his femur near the stifle joint. Hilal needed a screw in the bone to stabilise the joint and a visiting orthopedic vet was on hand to do the surgery. The alternative to the surgery wasn't at all a pretty thought. The surgery went well and Hilal is back home with his mother and a shiny new titanium screw in his leg. My groom Farag and another groom came with me to keep the youngster calm and quiet before his surgery so that he wouldn't injure himself further.

One of the things about Albadeia Stud is the fact that it and its horses are marvelously photogenic, so there will be more shots from the farm later.

7 comments:

vagabondblogger said...

Beautiful photo!

Eric S said...

I really like this photo. Great job.

Olivier said...

ce portrait est magnifique,j'aime les ombres sur cette photo

This portrait is wonderful, I love the shadows on this picture

USelaine said...

The light is perfect here. Arabian horses are so glorious - I look forward to seeing more.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Oh, my, I am so glad you were able to get the colt fixed up so he can enjoy the rest of his life. I hate to see animals put down and especially horses -- I regard horses and dogs as the best animals on the planet.

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Dina said...

A majestic image. I am amazed and so glad that Hilal's leg and life were saved.

Anonymous said...

I don't usually comment on blogs but I had to compliment you on this photo.