Leslie Morse Reports Tip Top “Doing Very Well” After Emergency Colic Surgery

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Leslie Morse and Tip Top winning the Grand Prix Special at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Leslie Morse and Tip Top winning the Grand Prix Special at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

DEL MAR, California, Mar. 13–Tip Top 962, a top Grand Prix horse on both sides of the Atlantic, is “doing very well” after emergency surgery that rider Leslie Morse said Saturday was “the quickest onset of acute colic I have ever seen.”

“He was standing in his stall at the horse show eating hay and within seconds threw himself down, rolling,” Leslie told dressage-news.com. “Thank God we were right there watching.”

Fellow competitors and friends helped to get Tip Top on the trailer at the Dressage Affaire CDI3* where he was scheduled to compete in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.

The 16-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion was driven to a veterinary clinic only two miles (3.2km) away and operated on by Dr. Rodrigo Vazquez.

Leslie said Dr. Vazquez found a “strangulated pedunculated lipome wrapped around 20 feet (6m) of distal jejunum and part of the Ileum.” This is a lump of fat he has had for years.

“We are by his side so that he will know how much he is loved,” she said. “We are counting the hours for the next five days and praying, but I know in my heart Tip Top is strong and fit and I am certain he can come through this.”

Tip Top has been competed successfully in Europe and the United States for three years, including the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2007. The pair won the Grand Prix Special at the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* in Hickstead, England, last July and the Grand Prix Special at the WDM event in Palm Beach last month.

Leslie, 45, of Beverly Hills, California, has campaigned Tip Top to qualify for the selection trials for the USA’s team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in September.