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It's not about money. It's not about limelight. It's more about the horse and its beauty and integrity on a lot of levels. ~ Gretchen Jackson

by Alexa from Quakertown, New Jersey

This is a drawing of Barbaro's face. (www.Laurajsmith.com)

Horses can be heroes too. Some people think a hero could only be a person or dog. Well I think a horse could be a hero. I don't see why there is a big difference between a dog and a horse. The're both mammals and animals. Dogs are heroes. So horses are heroes.

This is a picture of Barbaro at the Preakness. (http;//z.about.com)
On April 29, 2003 a legend was born. His name was Barboro. Barbaro was born in Kentucky; he was a dark bay racehorse that was a winner in the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks after the Kentucky Derby at the Preakness, Barbaro lived a breathtaking tragedy. He survived a leg injury called laminitis. This would distress his good legs until he couldn't walk.

This is Barbaro in his stall with flowers. (http://tuesdayhorse.files.wordpress.com)

On a Monday morning on January 29, Barbaro's life came to an end at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. Barbaro survived the tragedy for several months. It was a sad day for a lot of people. Especially those who cared, nursed, and stayed with him through the hard 7 months.

this is a picture of Barbaro's face with his halt (www.buckdopp.com)

Some of Barbaro's accomplishments are that he was undefeated in the six races completed. Barbaro also won the Kentucky Derby by six and a half lengths. If Barbaro hadn't died it would be very possible that he could have been the best horse since Secretariat.

this is a short poem about Barbaro. (http://i145.photobucket.com)

Barbaro is my hero because he had been through so much and never gave up. He struggled through laminitis for 7 months and never gave up fighting for his life. The day Barbaro died was very sad, but we all know he is in a safe place. There is always room for Barbaro in my heart.

Written by Alexa from Quakertown, New Jersey
This story has been submitted by a guest user and does not necessarily represent the views of The My Hero Project or its staff.

Last changed on: 1/7/2009

Barbaro Squidoo is a website that tells most about Barbaro's life outside the race track.

Barbaro-Wikipedia On Wikipedia you will find facts on Barbaro's life when he had laminitis.

Barbaro:Biography On Answers.com you will find out about the races Barbaro accomplished.

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