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Old 01-05-2007, 10:36 AM
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I figured some of the horse people might be interested in this:

http://www.vet.upenn.edu/bellwether/v65/article1.shtml

It's the current edition of UPenn's Vet School magazine, The Bellwether, and it features 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who shattered a leg in the Preakness but has made an amazing recovery at the New Bolton Center, UPenn's vet hospital in suburban Philadelphia.

I found this most interesting:

"Nightline is working on a half-hour feature about Barbaro and New Bolton Center that should air in the fall."
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Old 01-05-2007, 01:22 PM
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I wish Barbaro all the best. I do waver back in forth somedays, wondering if everone has done right by him, but I am glad he seems to be recovering. Here's hoping everything continues to improve, and that he will be able to live a happy, pain-free life.
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:44 PM
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LEts hope they let him live out his life pain free and happy. I do want to see that. I dont really agree with the racing world but i feel so bad for him.
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Big cudos to his owners for giving him another chance at life. Many would have put him down without a second thought. Just goes to show that not all race horses need to be put down after such a catastrophic injury. He really is a great example of an animals will to live and thrive.
Much luck to him, and I wish him a full, pain-free and happy life.
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Don't know how much credit his owners deserve for "sparing" his life. He's worth a bloody fortune alive and producing sperm . . . .
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:38 PM
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so true renee. i know a few owners who spared a horse life jsut for their sperm needless to say i dont associate with them anymore or train their horses or teach their kids.
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There was a show on him on espn the other day. I almost think they should have put him down with what he went through adn they made it sound like hes in constant pain now. He doens't get to do much.
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:44 AM
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I'm not sure how possible it will be for Barbaro to be a profitable stallion, as the Thoroughbred racing world doesn't allow artificial insemination, and I'm wondering how much weight that back leg will tolerate.
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:15 AM
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Oh i didnt know that they didnt allow A.I. i know very little about the racing world. It holds no interest for me lol. Hmmmm maybe htey will jsut retire him and let him live out his life as a pasture horse.
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:24 PM
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That's very likely the plan. From everything I've heard of the owners and the trainer, they sound like good people. I doubt anyone would have faulted them for having Barbaro euthanized after the Preakness, but they tried. And even if it had been unsuccessful, the attempt has apparently made a real contribution to the world of veterinary medicine. And that horse is a fighter; it was so sad when he got laminitis, but he survived even that.
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