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Vets check out Barbaro's bad foot

January 15, 2007

Dr Richardson leads Barbaro out on December 20.

Photo: Kathy Freeborn

Barbaro underwent general anesthesia at the weekend for a full examination of his laminitic hind foot.

"While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable to fully assess his left hind foot with him in his stall," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"In today's procedure, another area of undermined hoof wall was removed. The left hind deep digital flexor tendon was cut to help decrease the pull on the coffin bone by that tendon. This was previously done in July, but the tendon had healed and was pulling on the coffin bone, contributing to the malalignment of the coffin bone.

"Because he has been more uncomfortable on his left hind, we put a cast back on the right hind lower limb for additional support."

Dr. Richardson reports that "Barbaro was awoken from anesthesia once more in the recovery-pool and had an uneventful recovery. He continues to receive intensive management for his discomfort on the left hind foot."



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