Recent News for Hoof Care

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Through Cast Changes, Barbaro Remains Stable

July 24, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had an uneventful weekend, and continues to be comfortable according to his doctors at the George D. Widener Hospital. "He's maintaining an excellent attitude," said Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. ... Read More

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Prosthetics for Horse Limbs

July 20, 2006

When a horse has an injury such as happened to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the end result has often been euthanasia. Veterinarians are attempting to save Barbaro's life, and limb. However, if the blood supply t... Read More

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'We're in a Marathon,' Says Barbaro's Vet

July 20, 2006

Day to day, for six straight days now, the reports on Barbaro have been good.
Good vitals, good attitude, stable.

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery, is looking way beyond those daily updates, however.

"Hi... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition Unchanged

July 19, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reports that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remains in stable condition with good vital signs today (July 19). "He spends several hours a day in a... Read More

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Both Casts Changed, Barbaro Adapting Well to Sling

July 18, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner remains in stable condition with good vital signs after a restful night.... Read More

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Prado Encouraged by Visit to Barbaro

July 17, 2006

Jockey Edgar Prado drove to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. Friday morning to visit ailing Classic winner Barbaro at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals.

At a press briefing on... Read More

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Sunday is Another 'Comfortable' Day for Barbaro

July 17, 2006

Classic winner Barbaro spent another "comfortable" day in the intensive care unit at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and his veterinarian reports the colt's attitude "remains positive."

There was no indication condition... Read More

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Barbaro's Vital Signs Monday; No Change in Condition

July 17, 2006

Barbaro's vital signs, appetite and heart rate remained normal Monday, though there was no indication the classic winner's condition has improved since a grim prognosis by his veterinarian last week.

The colt, who had 80% of his left rea... Read More

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Barbaro Stable, Comfortable With Foot Cast

July 17, 2006

Barbaro is tolerating his right hind leg cast well; this cast supports the repair of the injury suffered at the Preakness on May 20. To treat a severe case of laminitis in the colt's left rear hoof, last week Richardson and his surgical team ... Read More

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Barbaro Stable on Sunday

July 16, 2006

On July 16 (Sunday afternoon) it was reported that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remained in stable condition after another restful night, according to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton... Read More

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Barbaro Remains Stable

July 15, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, reports today (July 15) that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had a very good night and remains in stable condition at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital.

“His heart rate and... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition "Stable" Friday

July 14, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro spent a restful night and his condition is stable, according to Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. At a news conference yesterday, Richardson announced that the three-year-old colt has laminitis. ... Read More

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Fans Root for Barbaro's Recovery

July 14, 2006

The roses on the lobby table were addressed to "Mr. Barbaro Jackson" and the card said best wishes to a champion horse.

One girl and her family drove more than an hour to deliver a homemade get-well note and to let Barbaro know they were... Read More

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Barbaro "Acceptably Comfortable," Vitals Remain Stable

July 14, 2006

"His vital signs, including heart rate and pulse, remain good," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. "We are treating his laminitis aggressively and he continues to respond well and is acceptably comfortable."... Read More

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Laminitis Strikes Barbaro; Survival Chances Called 'Poor'

July 13, 2006

Classic winner Barbaro has developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery is "poor," according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center... Read More

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White Line Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

July 01, 2006

The white line of the foot can be seen by looking at the sole of your horse's hoof. The area (that looks whitish) between the outside hoof wall and where it meets the sole is the white line. When this becomes damaged, it allows fungus and/or... Read More

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AAEP Invites Farriers to Attend 2006 Convention

June 29, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is inviting farriers to attend their 52nd Annual Convention to be held in San Antonio, Texas on December 3-6, 2006. 

This year's program will consist of multiple sessions... Read More

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Barbaro on Friday: His Condition is Excellent

May 26, 2006

Five days after undergoing surgery, Barbaro was in excellent condition, according to a report from the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

"He looks good, everything is fine... Read More

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Hoof Structure and Foot Facts (Book Excerpt)

May 17, 2006

The old saying, "No hoof, no horse" is very true, especially as it pertains to the horse's working ability and soundness. The horse is an athlete; we use him for a variety of athletic purposes -- racing, jumping, chasing cattle, pulling carts.... Read More

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The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium Returns in 2007

May 12, 2006

The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium will return to Louisville, Ky., in 2007 with a full slate of international speakers sharing information on the diagnosis and treatment of laminitis and other diseases involving the equine foot. The Symposiu... Read More

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Hoof Cracks: Causes and Repair

May 01, 2006

Even though most cracks are minor, they are still worth the attention of your farrier and sometimes your vet.... Read More

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Researchers Explain Short Shoeing Intervals

May 01, 2006

Farriers and veterinarians have said for years that shoeing intervals should be at most six to eight weeks, but why? Researchers from the Equine Performance Laboratory at Utrecht University (Netherlands) say it's because horses must compensate... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 5: The Equine Foot

May 01, 2006

The equine lexicon is filled with clichés about the equine foot. Most horse owners have heard them all. "No foot, no horse...The foot is the horse's foundation...For want of a shoe..." The list goes on. Without sound feet, a horse can't move... Read More

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Development of Laminitis -- Possible Role of Adipose Tissue

April 14, 2006

Laminitis is associated with obesity as well as sepsis and post-operative conditions in horses where levels of inflammation are elevated. The precise mechanisms that lead to laminitis are unknown; however, several studies document the involvement of ... Read More

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Friesian Association Moves to Kentucky Horse Park

April 11, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Park is pleased to announce that the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) is moving their headquarters to the National Horse Center at the park. This move will enable the Friesian breed to increase its visibilit... Read More