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Barbaro Has Cast Replaced; Leg 'Looks Excellent'
espn.com ^ | 6/13/06 | unknown

Posted on 06/14/2006 12:17:09 AM PDT by beyond the sea

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- Barbaro had the cast replaced on his shattered right hind leg Tuesday, another huge stride in the recovery of the Kentucky Derby winner who suffered a life-threatening injury at the Preakness.

Barbaro's cast was replaced under general anesthesia, and the 3-year-old bay colt had a very smooth pool recovery, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center said in a statement.

Dean Richardson, the chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, replaced the cast he first put on Barbaro's leg during surgery May 21.

"His leg looks excellent," Richardson said in the statement. "The incision has healed well and judging by the radiographs, the graft is opacifying [taking]. Callus is forming nicely, and all of the implants look unchanged."


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So far so good ............
1 posted on 06/14/2006 12:17:12 AM PDT by beyond the sea
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To: beyond the sea
Great news!

Maybe Barbaro's docs could take a look at Ben Roethlisberger...

prisxoner6

2 posted on 06/14/2006 12:21:19 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: Richard Kimball; SHOOT THE MOON bat; Danae; HairOfTheDog; Pharmboy; CindyDawg; ...

So far so good ................. ping


3 posted on 06/14/2006 12:27:00 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: prisoner6
Maybe Barbaro's docs could take a look at Ben Roethlisberger...

LOL

Some people have referred to Ben as a horse ........... a horse's *ss for riding that motorcycle.

;-)

Ben looks like he's about the luckiest guy in the world now ........... except that he was apparently driving without a proper license.

4 posted on 06/14/2006 12:29:52 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

Good news!


5 posted on 06/14/2006 12:30:58 AM PDT by Mustng959 (Peace.....Through Superior Firepower)
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To: Wolfstar; NormsRevenge; Wolfie; ken5050; OldFriend; Mustng959; Miss Marple; babydoll22; stopem; ...

Barbaro .............. ping


6 posted on 06/14/2006 12:36:59 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

I'm crying with joy. Thanks! You've made my day.


7 posted on 06/14/2006 12:55:16 AM PDT by Razz Barry
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To: Razz Barry
""His leg looks excellent," Richardson said in the statement. "The incision has healed well and judging by the radiographs, the graft is opacifying [taking]. Callus is forming nicely, and all of the implants look unchanged."" ----

Yes, very good so far.

Have a good day the rest of the way.

8 posted on 06/14/2006 1:04:38 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

It's beginning to look like he's got a happy future ahead of him....


9 posted on 06/14/2006 1:09:04 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
long way to go ........ fingers crossed here.

Thank God he's got such great medical care.

10 posted on 06/14/2006 1:16:18 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

Obviously a Republican Vet. How many colts and fillys would get this treatment? Huh? Huh? :)


11 posted on 06/14/2006 2:11:03 AM PDT by leadhead (Itís a duty and a responsibility to defeat them. But it's also a pleasure)
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To: beyond the sea

Thanks for the good news.

Is this a first for horses to have this type surgery?


12 posted on 06/14/2006 2:55:54 AM PDT by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: beyond the sea

Yes! This is wonderful news but, as you say, so far so good. He has a ways to go, but he seems to be doing so well. He has a good attitude, no infections, his leg is mending ...

Thank you for the ping to this good report. I'm afraid I'd lose track otherwise. So much other "stuff" gets in the way of my keeping up with everything. ;>)

pattyjo


13 posted on 06/14/2006 2:57:33 AM PDT by pj_627
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To: stopem
Thanks for the good news. ........ Is this a first for horses to have this type surgery?

I don't believe so, but it's very rare.

He has a long way to go, but this is certainly very good news.

The biggest moments will be down the line when the doctors finally take off the support. It seems to me that those moments will be critical. Barbaro needs to behave when he finally is allowed to use his "new leg".

I'm rooting for him so much.

14 posted on 06/14/2006 3:20:48 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

We all are rooting for him! What a champ he is.


15 posted on 06/14/2006 3:24:27 AM PDT by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: stopem
Yep............ and I hear he's looking at the "ladies" too.

;-)

16 posted on 06/14/2006 3:30:24 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea
Put that sucker out to stud...
17 posted on 06/14/2006 3:30:54 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob
patience..........

;-)

18 posted on 06/14/2006 3:37:01 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

That is such good news. Hoping for a continued recovery!!!!


19 posted on 06/14/2006 3:46:27 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: beyond the sea


Thanks for the happy, good news pimg!


20 posted on 06/14/2006 4:47:46 AM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: beyond the sea; gate2wire; Rte66; ecurbh; CindyDawg; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; Duchess47; ...
Ping!


21 posted on 06/14/2006 6:21:01 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
"The incision has healed well and judging by the radiographs, the graft is opacifying [taking]. Callus is forming nicely, and all of the implants look unchanged."

This is excellent news. Nothing has shifted, healing is progressing . . . so far so good.

He seems like a steady boy. His level-headedness is more typical of an older horse, not a crazy colt. THAT would be a good quality to pass on to a crop of little Barbaros . . .

22 posted on 06/14/2006 6:30:57 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: beyond the sea

Good news....but did we ever find out when he broke his leg?......some say it was BEFORE the race.....


23 posted on 06/14/2006 6:32:20 AM PDT by auto power
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To: AnAmericanMother

Indeed it seems his life is charmed, everything as good as they can hope :~D

I saw video of him dancing around during his bath, he's able to move quite well, using both back legs pretty normally.


24 posted on 06/14/2006 6:35:35 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: auto power

I don't think anyone knows for sure.


25 posted on 06/14/2006 6:36:09 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: onyx
Thanks for the happy, good news pimg!

You are more than welcome.

I want to give this sweet and good horse a couple of carrots and a nice juicy apple some day in the near future.

;-)

26 posted on 06/14/2006 7:08:10 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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He seems like a steady boy. His level-headedness is more typical of an older horse, not a crazy colt. THAT would be a good quality to pass on to a crop of little Barbaros . .

"His level-headedness is more typical of an older horse, not a crazy colt. THAT would be a good quality to pass on to a crop of little Barbaros" --- that would be a good quality to pass on to a substantial crop of human beings.

;-)

27 posted on 06/14/2006 7:11:56 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: HairOfTheDog

How much longer till he's "out of the woods"?


28 posted on 06/14/2006 7:12:38 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: OldFriend
That is such good news. Hoping for a continued recovery!!!!

Me too.

He's such a well-behaved animal ......... and apparently quite wise for a three year old (or any age), it looks pretty good for the sweet fellow.

Fingers crossed .............

29 posted on 06/14/2006 7:14:23 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: auto power; AnAmericanMother; HairOfTheDog; Wolfstar; NormsRevenge; Wolfie
did we ever find out when he broke his leg?......some say it was BEFORE the race.....

I doubt that.

But there are many more folks here who know much more than I do about horses, that particular race, and the injury itself.

They will perhaps fill you in.

30 posted on 06/14/2006 7:18:48 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: rabidralph

I'm an optimist, so I'd say he's out of the woods now, the best news is he didn't get infected, and likely won't now. I don't know how long till they uncast him and/or start exercising him more. Maybe at least another month or more. We'd be casted 8 weeks for a break, and we heal much faster in the leg than they do.


31 posted on 06/14/2006 7:20:10 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: beyond the sea

Absolutely great news! Barbaro has that "winning spirit" about him, and when it comes to healing, it sure does help.


32 posted on 06/14/2006 7:40:57 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: beyond the sea

Thanks for the ping. Great news! :)


33 posted on 06/14/2006 8:51:53 AM PDT by Wolfstar (So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn, There's vultures and thieves at your back...)
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To: beyond the sea

Yea!


34 posted on 06/14/2006 8:53:10 AM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: MizSterious
Barbaro has that "winning spirit" about him, and when it comes to healing, it sure does help.

Yes Mame, spirit of his sort is about everything in healing.

This horse seems positive and wise, and, I hear that he's even eying the "ladies" now too.

;-)

35 posted on 06/14/2006 8:54:05 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

Thank you for the Update. Excellent news!


36 posted on 06/14/2006 9:05:08 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - "The Road to Peace in the Middle East runs thru Damascus.")
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To: Wolfstar

You're very welcome. Thanks for loving this fine animal.


37 posted on 06/14/2006 9:15:08 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

Ha, *of course* they took the cast off yesterday! The update page said on *Monday* that they would not be updating every day now, but every week.

So, I took a "day off" from getting updates, thinking of Barbaro off and on yesterday. Now I find out they did the first big thing and even had to put him under for it, and do another pool recovery.

At least everything sounds very good so far!

(Funny how *news* happens when you're "in the shower". Bush had a press conference this morning that I wanted to watch - FR said it would be at 9:45 AM - I did some chores, turned on TV at 9:45 AM, nothing ... nothing ... nothing. Press conference was already over - had started an hour earlier. And Barbaro got his cast off yesterday, while I wasn't paying attention. Guess the Universe doesn't need me to run it anymore!)

Go Barbaro Go!!


38 posted on 06/14/2006 9:48:34 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: beyond the sea

Thanks for the update!It is great to hear good news,as I have been hard pressed to find info on his present condition.Hope you can keep up the updates as you find them.As an avid horse person,I had my doubts there for awhile.Thanks again.Regards,xarmydog


39 posted on 06/14/2006 10:10:02 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: beyond the sea

Many thanks for the update. Barbaro remains on my St. Francis prayer list.


40 posted on 06/14/2006 10:15:45 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: beyond the sea

Thanks for the update. I'm really pulling for this good boy.


41 posted on 06/14/2006 10:55:06 AM PDT by confederacy of dunces (Workin' & lurkin')
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To: Rte66
Guess the Universe doesn't need me to run it anymore!)----

Yes, the universe does need you.

;-)

42 posted on 06/14/2006 10:59:16 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: beyond the sea

Heh heh, just not to "run" it. Hard to take a day off, but it pays off in "good news." Go Barbaro Go!


43 posted on 06/14/2006 11:38:56 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thanks for the ping!! I believe I read on the Tim Woolley racing site that he will be there for several more months. When something like this happened to Dancinginmydreams, it took her 13 months to be able to go outside by herself, I think.


44 posted on 06/14/2006 12:55:30 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (Get Well, Barbaro)
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To: beyond the sea
Great news....Bolton Center is just the best. Thanks for the ping.
45 posted on 06/14/2006 1:49:51 PM PDT by SHOOT THE MOON bat (Disclaimer: No live moonbats were harmed during the making of this screen name..)
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To: beyond the sea

Dr Larry Bramlage prominent equine surgeon and on-call veterinarian for the American Association of Equine Practitioners does not believe the injury occurred when Barbaro broke through the starting gate. "I watched him break through the first time and I watched him break the second time," Bramlage said. "He didn't break with the right hind injury. I would guess that it happened sometime out about a furlong. It took an additional 100-200 yards for Edgar to get him under control because these don't hurt immediately when they happen. There is so much adrenaline that the horse has no concept. Edgar probably knew before the horse knew that something was wrong. I don't think breaking through the gate the first time had anything to do with this."
"Normally, the way these happen is the one above happens first," Bramlage said. "Before Edgar could get him pulled up, the second fracture occurred.. This is a very serious injury. The critical scenario is how the horse responds when you splint him, take care of him and get him on his way to be treated."


46 posted on 06/14/2006 2:12:27 PM PDT by Help!
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To: Rte66

Barbaro gets new cast on shattered leg

By Mike Jensenn Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

Barbaro passed another hurdle yesterday when Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, replaced the cast that had been on the Kentucky Derby winner's right hind leg since surgery on May 21.
"His leg looks excellent," said Richardson, who performed the surgery the day after Barbaro shattered bones around his ankle in the opening furlong of the May 20 Preakness Stakes. "The incision has healed well and, judging by the radiographs, the graft is opacifying [or taking]."
"Callus is forming nicely, and all of the implants" - the plate and 27 screws - "look unchanged."
Richardson decided to change the cast yesterday, he said, because Barbaro's temperature had risen "half a degree" and the horse was showing signs that the cast was causing itchiness. It turned out Barbaro had two very small rubs on his heel, which wasn't surprising, Richardson said, because he has been so active in his stall. The rubs aren't "of any consequence," the surgeon said.
Barbaro's overall prognosis remains the same. There is optimism at New Bolton, but the crucial indicator is whether the horse can walk pain-free when the cast comes off for good, probably several months down the road.
The cast was replaced under general anesthesia, and Barbaro had a perfect pool recovery, Richardson reported. He first tried to change it with Barbaro standing in a sling, sedated.
"He was having none of that," Richardson said. "He just doesn't like being held in the sling."


47 posted on 06/14/2006 2:15:53 PM PDT by Help!
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Great news ping!

I wonder if Barbaro knows about his FReeperFanClub.


48 posted on 06/14/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Help!
I heard his leg hit another horse's leg.

But it all doesn't really matter. The only thing that really matters is that he heals.

Take care.

49 posted on 06/14/2006 3:07:04 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Scientists Are Itching to Blame Poison Ivy's Effect on Global Warming)
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To: Veto!

"Many thanks for the update. Barbaro remains on my St. Francis prayer list."

Oh sure. Write that before I had a chance to say the same thing. So competitive....always so competitive. Humph!

ANYWAY, prayers to St. Francis for dear Barbero's healing. May he live a long and happy life.


50 posted on 06/14/2006 3:35:49 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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