Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Surgeons Replace Plate and Screws in Barbaro's Leg; Complications Deemed "Potentially Serious"

July 10, 2006

Late Saturday, July 8, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, replaced the plate and many of the screws that had been inserted into Barbaro's injured hind leg on May 21. "Barbaro... Read More

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Barbaro Receives Sixth Cast, Hoof Abscess Treated

July 10, 2006

(Updated July 11) After evaluating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on the morning of July 10, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery, replaced the cast on the colt's injured hind leg for a sixth time.

"The long leg cas... Read More

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Another Cast Change for Barbaro, New Bolton Provides More Information

July 07, 2006

On Wednesday, July 5, Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery, replaced the cast on Barbaro that he had received on Monday, July 3. "Barbaro was not comfortable with the second cast, so we decided it... Read More

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Barbaro Gets New Bandages; Two New Screws

July 05, 2006

Doctors at New Bolton Center's George D. Widener Hospital on Monday changed the cast on the hind right leg of Barbaro for the second time since the winner of... Read More

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Arlington Catastrophic Injury Rate Draws Criticism, Concern

July 05, 2006

Although many causes have been suggested, there's still no definitive reason for the recent slew of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbreds at Read More

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Torn Eyelid Injury

July 01, 2006

The bottom line is any injury that tears skin or causes painful swelling around the eye should receive immediate veterinary attention. I would have advised a visit on the day of this injury.... Read More

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The Equine Back: Conformation and Injuries

July 01, 2006

Even a horse with excellent conformation can wind up with back problems if ridden by a rider out of balance or if outfitted with inappropriate tack.... Read More

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Derby Winner Barbaro Injured

July 01, 2006

Barbaro's breakdown after the start of the May 20 Preakness Stakes captured the concern of horse owners and enthusiasts watching on network television and at the Baltimore, Md., track. Equine veterinary medicine was catapulted into the spotlight,... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma for Tendon and Ligament Problems

June 30, 2006

A Cornell University researcher recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance the healing response and quality of repair at the cellular level in treatment of tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier,... Read More

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More Than We Know (Thoughts on Barbaro)

June 08, 2006

Little League moms. Cub Scout dads. Coaches. Teachers. Neighbors. Middle-schoolers. Gary at the post office. Everyone wanted to know about Barbaro.

And that was before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Afterward, the questions were... Read More

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Barbaro: Fellow Athletes Support Recovery Pool

June 06, 2006

Veterinarians at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals continue to be pleased with Barbaro's condition, which improves daily. The Kentucky Derby winner is recovering from a shattered hind leg sustained at the Preakness on May 20. "He... Read More

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New Bolton Answers Common Barbaro Questions

June 02, 2006

Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continues to improve daily as he recovers from a shattered hind leg sustained at the Preakness on May 20. "I'm very pleased with the progress Barbaro is making," said chief... Read More

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New Perspectives on the Pain Drain

June 01, 2006

Most veterinarians stock the drawers in their mobile units so that the easiest containers to reach when they open the drug compartments are the pain medications. Whether the situation is an emergency call to tend a horse that has acute abdominal... Read More

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Stem Cell Therapy

June 01, 2006

"After harvesting and concentrating the stem cells in a laboratory, the stem cells and bone marrow are transferred into the damaged ligament or tendon," Herthel says. "They reproduce into normal, healthy tissue, thus improving healing and providing... Read More

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Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More

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Olecranon Fracture Repair Has Good Prognosis

June 01, 2006

Olecranon (point of the elbow) fractures are common orthopedic problems in foals often attributable to being kicked while playing, rambunctious behavior, or falling over backward (which they are more apt to do than older horses).

In a joint... Read More

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Barbaro: Importance of Hind Leg in Breeding Explained

June 01, 2006

Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of... Read More

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How We Failed Barbaro

May 31, 2006

In breakdowns, racing has a massive, deadly serious problem, and we all know it. The Thoroughbred industry has a moral obligation to horses and jockeys to pursue solutions on a grand scale and with the utmost urgency. We must summon the best minds... Read More

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Barbaro: Richardson Ups Recovery Chances to 51%

May 30, 2006

The tears for Barbaro have all been shed, and now people around the world anxiously await each daily report on the colt's condition. It's been more than a week since Barbaro's horrific injury in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which set off an... Read More

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Barbaro on Thursday: Progressing Nicely

May 26, 2006

The news continued to be promising for Barbaro Thursday. Dr. Dean Richardson reported that the colt was "progressing nicely, has totally normal vital signs, and is in excellent condition" at the the... Read More

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A Look Back: Saving Nureyev

May 26, 2006

Published in the Oct. 10, 1987 Blood-Horse magazine

Modern surgical and recovery techniques, combined with meticulous care, have been the prescription that has brought Nureyev so far through an ordeal that would have... 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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HRTV To Air Daily Barbaro Updates

May 25, 2006

HorseRacing TV will feature a daily update on the condition of Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner who was injured in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT.

"Like the rest... Read More

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Tuesday Update: Barbaro

May 23, 2006

"Barbaro is doing very well. He's actually better today than he was even yesterday, and he was pretty good yesterday," Dean Richardson DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reported in a Tuesday morning news briefing at the University of Pennsylvania's New... Read More

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Haskin's Preakness Recap: Triumph and Tragedy

May 23, 2006

The day before Preakness Stakes (gr. I) 131, Barbaro arrived at Pimlico by van to a hero's welcome, as a gauntlet of photographers, cameramen, and writers greeted racing's newest superstar. Barbaro stared out the van window at the large throng... Read More