Barbaro: Cast Removed at New Bolton Center

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This update was received this morning from the University of Pennsylvania:

"Barbaro has had a significant setback over the last 24 hours. He became acutely more uncomfortable on his left hind foot. The foot cast was removed and some new separation of the medial (inside) portion of his hoof was found. This required some additional debridement (removal of the damaged tissue) last night.

"He is being treated much more aggressively at this time for his discomfort. He is continuing to eat well and is otherwise stable."

A foot cast was re-applied to Barbaro's laminitic foot a week ago by laminitis-specialist veterinarian Scott Morrison of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. Scroll down to read more about the cast and Dr. Morrison's comments about its design and use.

Mike Jensen, staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer was at New Bolton Center this morning and filed this report just before noon.

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