Skip to comments.Barbaro Has Cast Replaced; Leg 'Looks Excellent'
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."
Maybe Barbaro's docs could take a look at Ben Roethlisberger...
So far so good ................. ping
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.
Barbaro .............. ping
I'm crying with joy. Thanks! You've made my day.
Yes, very good so far.
Have a good day the rest of the way.
It's beginning to look like he's got a happy future ahead of him....
Thank God he's got such great medical care.
Obviously a Republican Vet. How many colts and fillys would get this treatment? Huh? Huh? :)
Thanks for the good news.
Is this a first for horses to have this type surgery?
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. ;>)
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.
We all are rooting for him! What a champ he is.
That is such good news. Hoping for a continued recovery!!!!
Thanks for the happy, good news pimg!
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 . . .
Good news....but did we ever find out when he broke his leg?......some say it was BEFORE the race.....
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.
I don't think anyone knows for sure.
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.
"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.
How much longer till he's "out of the woods"?
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 .............
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.
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.
Absolutely great news! Barbaro has that "winning spirit" about him, and when it comes to healing, it sure does help.
Thanks for the ping. Great news! :)
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.
Thank you for the Update. Excellent news!
You're very welcome. Thanks for loving this fine animal.
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!!
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
Many thanks for the update. Barbaro remains on my St. Francis prayer list.
Thanks for the update. I'm really pulling for this good boy.
Yes, the universe does need you.
Heh heh, just not to "run" it. Hard to take a day off, but it pays off in "good news." Go Barbaro Go!
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.
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."
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."
Great news ping!
I wonder if Barbaro knows about his FReeperFanClub.
But it all doesn't really matter. The only thing that really matters is that he heals.
"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.