Barbaro's pastern fused: leg looking good

August 30, 2006

Barbaro at his stable.

Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania

After his latest cast change on Sunday, vets at the George D. Widener Hospital report that Barbaro's pastern join appears to have fused.

"The cast was changed because there was a small crack in it," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery.

"Based on new radiographs that were taken, the leg looked excellent under the cast. The pastern joint looks completely fused, and there is only a small area in the long pastern bone that has a little farther to go before we take him out of the cast completely."

In addition, the radiographs showed that there were no signs of infection. The cast change took place under general anesthesia, and Barbaro had another successful pool recovery before returning to his stall.

The colt's left hind foot has laminitis, but Barbaro seems comfortable with that foot as well. The bandage on the left hind foot continues to be changed daily.

According to Dr. Richardson: "Barbaro is bright and happy this morning with an excellent appetite."

Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, where he is recovering from injuries suffered at the Preakness on May 20.


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