Recent News for Hoof Problems

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Barbaro "A Horse That Wants to Live"

January 11, 2007

Every time the outlook was grim for Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner pulled through like a champ.

Time will tell if he can do it again.

After months of upbeat progress reports, the horse suffered a significant setback Wednesday... Read More

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The Laminitis Puzzle: Another Piece

November 26, 2006

People have worked at understanding laminitis for centuries; it's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle while still hunting for all the pieces. Recently, a human physiologist and an equine clinician at the University of Georgia provided another puzzl... Read More

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Veterinarians Use MRI to Diagnose Navicular Injury

October 18, 2006

Magnetic resonance imaging was important in making an accurate diagnosis and yielded evidence that navicular bone injury, even in the absence of radiographic evidence of a fracture, should be considered as a differential diagnosis for horses... Read More

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Another Good Week for Barbaro

October 03, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week, and continues to please veterinarians with his progress. "He is doing very, very well," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be... Read More

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Barbaro Remains an Inspiration On and Off the Track

October 01, 2006

Led to the gate for the first race of his career, Barbaro shied away, reluctant to get started.

A mile later, after an eye-catching 81/2-length victory on Oct. 4 at Delaware Park, trainer Michael Matz and owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson... Read More

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Am I Buying a Problem? (Laminitis)

October 01, 2006

I've been leasing a pony who foundered the past two years on spring grass. Is foundering chronic once started?... Read More

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Barbaro's Surgeon Answers Questions From the Public

October 01, 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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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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Pasture-Associated Laminitis and Countermeasures

September 24, 2006

Researchers with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth, Wales, suggested some possible preventative measures for pasture-associated laminitis in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.... 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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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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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