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Barbaro Injury Highlights Need for Laminitis Research Funding

American Association of Equine Practitioners

Ten million dollars in equine research funding is needed to unlock the mysteries of the devastating equine disease known as laminitis, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, Inc., said today. The life-threatening injury to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and the subsequent development of laminitis in the horse’s left hind foot have highlighted the prevalence and severity of the disease, which affects horses around the globe.

Members of the AAEP have identified laminitis as a disease with a high priority for future equine research. To advance this effort, the AAEP Foundation has developed an informative paper on the challenges of solving the laminitis puzzle and the need for increased research funding. Rustin M. Moore, DVM, a member of the AAEP and the director of the Louisiana State University Equine Health Studies Program, is the author.

The paper “Barbaro Injury Highlights Need for Laminitis Research Funding” can be viewed at and is available for reprint. To learn more about laminitis, funding opportunities or current research, contact Keith Kleine, AAEP director of industry relations, at or (859) 233-0147.

The AAEP Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization, was created in 1994 as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the world’s largest professional association of equine veterinarians. The AAEP Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse through support of research, education, benevolence and the equine community.