Scott Morrison DVM of in Lexington, Kentucky is headed to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania today; he will be examining Barbaro's left hind foot, which was devastated by an attack of support limb laminitis this summer.
Dr. Morrison is the founder and head of the Podiatry Clinic at Rood and Riddle; his unit is the largest foot-specialty clinic in the world. The clinic currently employs four foot-specialist veterinarians and four lameness-specialist farriers, as well as a staff of technicians and administrative support staff. Morrison is a specialist in laminitis and founder and consults on cases all over the world.
It is not known at this time whether Morrison will be merely evaluating the damage to the colt's foot to provide a prognosis, or if he will actually treat the horse or act as a consultant.
Barbaro is still a patient at New Bolton Center but is expected to be moved to another facility this winter, according to interviews with owner Gretchen Jackson and with his attending veterinarian Kathy Anderson DVM of Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. The horse has been at New Bolton Center since shattering his right hind leg during the running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland in May 2006.
Links to news media stories about Barbaro's meeting with Morrison:
Baltimore Sun article about Morrison's appointment with Barbaro (19 December 2006)
Daily Racing Form article about Morrison and Barbaro (19 December 2006--Free registration may be necessary to view this article)
Captions: Scott Morrison DVM outside the podiatry clinic at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky (Haydn Price photo/?www.hoofcare.com); Scott Morrison checking feet of a laminitis case at Rood and Riddle (provided by Scott Morrison/courtesy ?www.hoofcare.com).