Dr Richardson leads Barbaro out on December 20.
Photo: Kathy Freeborn
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."