Specialist examines Barbaro's lame hoof

No decision made on where he'll live

December 20, 2006|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- Barbaro saw a foot specialist yesterday, but there was no news about when the Kentucky Derby winner will be stepping away from the hospital that has been his home for seven months.

Owner Roy Jackson also said last night that, while the search for Barbaro's next home is progressing, no selection has been made.

His wife and the horse's co-owner, Gretchen Jackson, told The Philadelphia Inquirer a decision about moving Barbaro could come anytime in January.

Roy Jackson said an examination of Barbaro's left hind hoof yesterday by equine foot specialist Dr. Scott E. Morrison, from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., supplied some answers about how the hoof might be trimmed to provide more balance.

"But while I'm pleased with the report," Roy Jackson said, "there is nothing much new. It's still `Grow, hoof, grow.'"

Barbaro has been hospitalized at the New Bolton Center since breaking his right hind leg in the Preakness on May 20 at Pimlico Race Course. Though the right leg has healed, the left hoof is still recovering from a severe bout of laminitis.

Jackson said he and his wife have yet to pick a farm for the horse after Barbaro leaves New Bolton.

"We're looking at places in Kentucky and outside of Kentucky," he said, "but as far as Barbaro returning [to the Jacksons' Lael Farm], I think we lack the facilities to let him be seen" by the public.


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