Recent News for Hoof Problems

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Misplaced Nail

September 01, 2006

I noticed my farrier put two nails in too high. She won't put weight on it. How long until it heals?... Read More

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Hay for the Laminitic Horse

September 01, 2006

Is there a particular type of grass hay that is better than others for maintenance diet for a laminitic horse?... Read More

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Good Foot Gone Bad

September 01, 2006

Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center, spoke about several common and sometimes debilitating hoof problems that can materialize with little or no warning, such as laminitis, white line disease, and hoof abscesses.... 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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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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Barbaro Injury Highlights Need for Laminitis Research Funding

August 25, 2006

By Rustin M. Moore, DVM on behalf of the AAEP Foundation, Inc.

As viewers around the world watched Barbaro pull up after the start of the 2006 Preakness Stakes, it was apparent to even the casual racing fan that the Kentucky... Read More

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Laminitis Research Funding Paper Available for Reprint

August 25, 2006

Ten million dollars in equine research funding is needed to unlock the mysteries of the devastating equine disease known as laminitis, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, Inc., said today (Aug. 25).

The... 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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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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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

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Cast Change Planned for Barbaro Today

August 08, 2006

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital plan to change the right hind leg cast of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro later today (August 8).... Read More

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Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Showing Evidence of Regrowth

August 03, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's left hind hoof is slowly showing evidence of regrowth after surgery last month to treat laminitis.... Read More

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Barbaro's Right Hind Leg Healing Well

August 02, 2006

By now, Barbaro should have been close to casting aside any doubts that he could make a full recovery from the devastating right hind leg injuries he suffered at the Preakness Stakes.

Instead, the winner of the Kentucky Derby still has a... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition Continues to Remain Stable

August 01, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reports that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's condition continues to be stable. The colt's left hind foot, which has laminitis, is monitored closely for signs of infection.... Read More

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Barbaro Remains Stable; Radiographs Look Good

July 28, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to be stable after another comfortable night according to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. His right hind leg cast was changed late Wednesday. "We took new radiographs, and they look good,"... Read More

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Barbaro "Doing as Well as Can Be Expected"

July 26, 2006

According to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro slept well after his left hind foot bandage was changed yesterday.... Read More

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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