I know we have a lot of folks who are following his story so I will give an update. Hey Byrn is off to the next step in his journey which is living with another awesome CANTER volunteer where he can have a bigger stall to move around in while we continue to evaluate him. I have an absolutely full barn right now and fit him in because he had to move right away off the track. My barn is a busier type of barn and not the right set up for him right now. He needs a quieter routine.
We have had some offers to move him to permanent locations and people who want to offer him care but he is not in a condition to ship long distances at this point in time. He is in great hands and we are doing all that we can for him at the moment.
As the drugs/injections started to wear off he became increasingly more lame on his ankle. This is not something that can be fixed at this point in time. There is a surgery that you can do called arthrodesis which is what Barbaro had done. You can watch a clip here- http://www.roodandriddle.com/2010/10/arthrodesis-surgery/ and we are looking into it. There are just so many complications of a surgery like that so options have to be carefully thought out at this point so we are sure to do what is right for the horse.
The main issue in his ankle is that there are many fragments that have just been left in there and as a result there is significant arthritis. There is also a total loss of joint space so the bone is rubbing on bone which is very painful.
We will continue to post updates.