Barbaro in 'stable' condition

Barbaro is reported to be in a stable condition as he continues his battle against life-threatening laminitis.

Barbaro is reported to be in a stable condition as he continues his battle against life-threatening laminitis.

The Kentucky Derby winner had been recovering well after shattering his right hind leg in the Preakness Stakes in May but he took a turn for the worse after the potentially fatal hoof condition was diagnosed earlier in the week.

Vet Dean Richardson has been treating the colt at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center and although Barbaro’s condition has stabilised, he underlined that it is still an “extremely serious” situation.

“We are treating his laminitis aggressively, and he continues to respond well and is acceptably comfortable,” Richardson told www.bloodhorse.com.

“Our goal is to keep him as comfortable as possible, and clearly that comfort level will be a major indicator for our treatment decisions.”

Barbaro, who has fibreglass casts on both hind legs, has also been fitted with a sling to prevent sudden movements and allow him to shift the weight on his limbs.

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