Well, it's finally happened: Barbaro is now getting letters from other horses. We know this is true because the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is screening all e-mail to the Barbaro message board these days, and this one got through:
I am a 21 year old quarter horse with laminitis in both front feet since April. I too am struggling, but continue to fight, as do my owners. Keep up the good attitude! Nothing is forever, pain included. Life is good! Dino, 21; Espyville, PA, USA posted on 2006-11-09 22:14:20
And wouldn't you think that it's hard enough for Barbaro to be reading these things without making it more confusing for him? On Thursday someone sent him this: "My Wonder Boy- ACD!Bless u! U aroes w/Peter's visit!Easier 2 arise w/o cast? Gr8 groom.fr.him. Gd.graze.2day?(w/treats!)U R USA'S HORSE OF THE YR.,My Warrior!!U r doing what no other horse has ever done!Sweet dreams!Pray.4 ACN.Luv u-xo. "Talk'in AM Peggy; MI, posted on 2006-11-09 21:49:40"
Please do not text message Barbaro! If you can't get your lazy ass to a Fed Ex-Kinko's to drop him a proper e-mail, just forget the whole thing.
Oh, and if you haven't ordered your Breyer Barbaro Model yet, you'd better get moving. They're retiring him in January. Tiny toy veterinarian sold separately, because you never know what could happen.