Stallion Pik L has Colic Surgery. Recovering Well

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WELLINGTON, Fla., Apr. 18–The Hanoverian stallion Pik L (Pike Bube II x Abajo xx), a two-time Pan American Games competitor, underwent colic surgery for an inguinal hernia.

The stallion owned by Horses Unlimited, of Albuquerque, N.M. had a testicle removed in the surgery by Dr. Byron Reed of Loxahatchee, Fla. but it will not interfere with his breeding schedule.

Pik L ridden by Mikala Munter Gundersen
Pik L ridden by Mikala Munter Gundersen

“Unfortunately, this is something that happens to a lot of breeding stallions,” Mikala Munter Gundersen said Sunday. Her Wellington stable has been home for Pik L for the past three years.

“It’s a very scary moment when it happens to one of your favorite boys,” she said. “But, thank God, everything is good. He can still breed. He’s up and eating and has a glint in his eye.”

Pik L has been leased to Erin Moran as a prospect for the Brentina Cup competition.

Pikko del Cerro (Pik L x Rhodiamant), a stallion, has been one of Pik L’s most successful progeny.

Ridden by Mikala, he won all three five-year-old classes at Dressage at Devon, competed successfully in the five-year-old championships at Lexington, Ky. and is currently atop the U.S.E.F. six-year-old leaderboard.

The colic surgery occurred exactly two years after the operation was performed on Galant, another successful Horses Unlimited stallion.