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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Official text from New Bolton Center on Barbaro’s support shoe

One of the complications that can occur following leg fractures in horses is the risk of developing laminitis in the opposite foot from bearing extra weight. In an effort to reduce this risk, New Bolton Center farrier Rob Sigafoos applied a supportive shoe to Barbaro's left hind foot immediately following the surgery for the fracture of his right hind leg. The shoe is designed to reduce the risk of laminitis in several ways:
1) by supporting the sole of the left hind foot;
2) by containing materials that minimize weakening and possible infection of the sole; and
3) by being built up to extend the length of the left hind foot, which compensates for the additional length of the right hind limb created by the cast.

The shoe used is a glue-on shoe designed and patented by the University of Pennsylvania, and has been in use for over 10 years. This shoe is a three-part device.

Photos by Susan Hankin JD, MPH, courtesy of Rob Sigafoos.

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