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So it seems that in some cases, that Barbaro slash fiction isn't exactly fiction. Part of us died a little when we read the following, and part of us could not look away. Fortunately, most of the rest of us was out to lunch and didn't see it.

The Australian woman who was allegedly caught engaging in naked frolics with a horse has had bestiality charges against her dropped. 35-year-old Tina Maree Watkins was reportedly found naked in a paddock by police acting on a tip off, where she was 'engaged in an indecent act with a horse,' according to a New South Wales police spokesman.

And another regular returns to the Barbaro message board. Hey, speaking of that, Barbaro has had all of his various casts and leg wraps removed. Yay! Let's get right to the action.

• You show them how to grow a hoof, Barbaro. All your friends know you can and will do it. You are a guide light to others on how to survive laminitis. God bless and keep you. I pray for you daily. — Bobbie Bowen, 60; Mount Holly, NC, USA

• Way to Go, Mr. Big Boss Top Horse! A pedicure! Are you in seventh heaven, or what! Ask your manicurist to do the other three hoofies, too, Barbaro! Gotta get ready for Christmas, you know!Keep up the great job you'll be home in no time! — Laura S., 56; Snohomish, WA, USA

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• SOUNDS GREAT BARBARO. KEEP YOUR SPIRT UP.WE LOVE YOU. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. WE BELIEVE IN JESUS AND BARBARO!!!! — PAM, 41; BEAUMONT, TX, USA

• Wishing you Champ, Dr. R and all at New Bolton Center Happy Holidays and and very Healthy New Year! Keep fighting, grow hoof grow! Love Jayme and your 11 feline friends — Jayme, 39; Boynton Beach, FL, USA

Nude Horse Love Woman Rides Free [Metro UK]
Barbaro Message Board [Penn Veterinary Medicine]
As If Barbaro (And The Rest Of Us) Haven't Suffered Enough [Deadspin]

(UPDATE: Holy gorsh! They've renamed a race The Barbaro Stakes! They really did that!)