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Top award and homecoming for Barbaro?

January 2, 2007

Dr Richardson leads Barbaro out on December 20.

Photo: Kathy Freeborn

Support in the US for Horse of the Year honours for Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is growing, with many commentators noting that, beyond his impressive but short racing career, his greatest performance in past months has been his courageous recovery from a shattered leg and laminitis.

Although there is no timeframe for it, Barbaro may be leaving the New Bolton centre where he has been undergoing treatment since last May. Where his new home will be remains under question. He needs a facility where his recovery can continue and he is close to veterinary care if needed, and where the climate enables him to move around, especially during winter.

Before Christmas Barbaro was examined by Dr Scott Morrison, head of the equine podiatry service at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Morrison did some minor work on Barbaro's left hind foot, and made recommendations concerning the management of that foot.

Dr Dean Richardson, Barbaro's main veterinarian, said Barbaro was stable and comfortable but doctors are concerned about the long term management of his left hind foot, which is prone to laminitis.

However, he said: "His comfort on both hind limbs is good and his overall condition is excellent."



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