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Barbaro's cast off, legs working well

November 8, 2006

Barbaro pictured during an earlier pool recovery session. The system was used again successfully on Monday after his cast was removed.

Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's right hind leg cast was removed on Monday, according to his medical team.

"Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia for the cast removal," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"In addition, his foot was trimmed and a new shoe glued on. A padded bandage with plastic and fiberglass splints was placed on his lower limb for support."

Barbaro's lower right hind leg had been in a cast since surgery at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital following his accident at the Preakness on May 20.

"He had a perfect pool recovery and immediately stood; he walked easily back to his stall," said Dr. Richardson.

"He used all of his legs quite well."

Barbaro's left hind foot, which had laminitis, was also fully evaluated while he was under anesthesia.

"There are no signs of new problems with that foot, but the hoof needs several more months of growth before we will know how much foot structure and function will be recovered," said Dr. Richardson.



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