Recent News for Lameness

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Barbaro's Cast Could be Replaced by Splint

September 27, 2006

He's looking good, feeling good and eating well these days, yet Barbaro is still a long way from leaving the hospital.

The Kentucky Derby winner went for his daily walk outside the intensive care unit at the New Bolton Center on Tuesday,... Read More

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Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Growing, Cast Change on the Horizon

September 26, 2006

Veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital continue to be pleased with the medical progress of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who remains in stable condition at the hospital. "The left hind hoof on Barbaro has grown about 18 millimeters in... Read More

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Angular Limb Deformities in Foals

September 20, 2006

Some of the common bone abnormalities of young foals are referred to as angular limb deformities. Instead of having straight legs, a foal is born with an angle or crook in its legs, similar to a person who is bowlegged. This angular... Read More

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Boot on Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Replaced With Bandage

September 19, 2006

According to veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to gradually improve. "He had an excellent week," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "We replaced the boot on his left... Read More

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Prevalence of PSSM in Quarter Horses

September 14, 2006

Up to 6% of apparently healthy Quarter Horses could have subclinical polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).... Read More

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Diagnosing Chronic Colic with Ultrasound: ACVIM 2006

September 14, 2006

Evaluating and treating prolonged cases of colic--those lasting three days or more--can be problematic. Horses with prolonged colic generally aren't in enough pain for surgery, and they respond temporarily to medicines. But the condition... Read More

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Del Mar Gets Initial Approval for Synthetic Track

September 14, 2006

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club gained unanimous approval Sept. 12  to install an $8 million synthetic surface  from the board of directors of the agricultural district that oversees the seaside track.

Craig Fravel, Del Mar's... Read More

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Echocardiographs and Pulmonary Arterial Pressures

September 14, 2006

Researchers have found that echocardiographic measurements of the pulmonary artery, aorta, and heart chambers gave a valid estimate of pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) in horses. The ability to measure PAP is key to diagnosing and following... Read More

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Richardson Pleased with Patient's Progress

September 12, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is improving slowly and steadily according to veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital. "We are pleased with his progress," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "He is wearing the cast... Read More

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Barbaro Continues to Do Well

September 05, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to please veterinarians with his progress after his most recent right hind leg cast change last week. "Barbaro is wearing the new cast satisfactorily," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of... Read More

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Tendons and Ligaments: Anatomy and Physiology

September 01, 2006

Tendons and ligaments in the horse are the "belts" and "cables" that hold bones in place and allow the muscles to do their jobs in creating propulsion-- forward, backward, sideways, and up and down. Because of the workload often put upon them, tendon... Read More

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Barbaro "Stable," Has Laminitis

September 01, 2006

In early- to mid-July, Barbaro developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery was pronounced "poor" by Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New... Read More

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British Horse Organizations Set Up Communications Network

August 30, 2006

More than a dozen equine organizations have established a network to improve communications with each other, the media and the public - in line with recommendations in the British Horse Industry... Read More

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Bluegrass Cat Retired Due to Pastern Injury

August 28, 2006

WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in Saturday's (Aug. 26) Travers Stakes, was retired Sunday morning after X rays revealed a fractured right hind pastern.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said copies of the X rays will be forwarded to tw... Read More

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Richardson Reports Barbaro's Right Pastern Completely Fused

August 28, 2006

Veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital changed the right hind leg cast of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro yesterday, Sunday, August 27. "The cast was changed because there was a small crack in it," said Dean W... Read More

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Barbaro Might Soon Get Cast Removed Completely

August 28, 2006

Based on the latest examination of Barbaro's injured right hind leg, there is a possibility the classic winner will soon have the cast removed completely.

The cast on the leg was changed Sunday (Aug. 27) by veterinarians at the Universit... Read More

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New Details Emerge Regarding Saint Liam's Accident, Death

August 24, 2006

Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who was euthanized Aug. 22 after suffering a fracture of his left hind leg, had no chance for survival because of the severity of the injury. The 6-year-old son of Saint Ballado was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More

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Surgeries and Steroids

August 22, 2006

A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.

In fact, 28.4%... Read More

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Barbaro Remains Comfortable on Both Hind Limbs

August 22, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remains comfortable according to veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital. "Barbaro is doing well on both hind limbs," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. "Because of this, we do not... Read More

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Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Saint Liam Dead

August 22, 2006

Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who completed his first year at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., suffered a fractured hind leg while being led to his paddock today (Tuesday, Aug. 22). The 6-year-old son of Saint... Read More

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Talkin' Horses Transcript: Dean Richardson

August 17, 2006

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, has been in the public eye since May 20 when he began treating Kentucky Derby winner... Read More

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A Very Good Week for Barbaro

August 17, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to do well, and is being hand-grazed for 20-30 minutes a day. "His blood work is completely normal and his vital signs are good," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. "I can't complain.... Read More

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Special Edition of Talkin' Horses to Feature Barbaro's Surgeon

August 15, 2006

Bloodhorse.com has announced a special edition of Talkin' Horses that will feature Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.... Read More

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Breath of Fresh Air for Barbaro, Gaining Weight

August 14, 2006

After almost three months in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, Barbaro has begun brief outings to some grassy areas adjacent to the ICU to hand graze.

"We felt he was ready for ... Read More

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New Diagnostics Help Decipher Navicular Pain

August 09, 2006

Horses that had intermittent lameness; pointing a foot; soreness to hoof testers over the frog; shifting leg lameness; contracted, upright feet; and stabbing toes, shortened stride movement were candidates for Navicular Disease.... Read More