A Little Bit of ‘R & R’: Orb to Enjoy Some Down Time at Fair Hill

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Orb gallops at Pimlico before the Preakness Stakes Orb gallops at Pimlico before the Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who most recently finished third in the June 8 Belmont Stakes, arrived at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center on Sunday afternoon for a bit of rest and relaxation.

Joe Clancy, at the This is Horse Racing website reported that the Malibu Moon colt was enjoying spending his days either outside grazing or spending time in a round pen. Orb also has sessions in a hyperbaric chamber.

Trainer Shug McGaughey has sent horses to the Equine Therapy Center at Fair Hill in the past. The center, which is managed and co-owned by Bruce Jackson was home to Paynter during much of his recovery last year.

McGaughey wanted to give Orb a break from the racetrack. “I sent him down there for a couple weeks, just to get him out of the racetrack environment,” said McGaughey.

“We’ll see if he can put some weight back on and just get his mind off running for a little while.”

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  • Evelyn Waugh

    He certainly deserves it (too bad they will not simply turn him out…loose…in one of manicured paddocks (as opposed to a round pen with footing)!

    • Helen Bach

      He is likely confined to a round pen because: there are no large paddocks at Fairhill; sick and injured horses are hand-grazed and confined to permit recovery. Since we don’t know what Orb’s problem is, we are not qualified to determine what would be in his best interest. If his ailment permits, Orb will be taken for “walks in the park”, literally.

      Turning a conditioned racehorse loose in a large field invites further injury and/or overexertion. Idealism is not a cure for everything.

    • Helen Bach

      Round pens at Fairhill are usually outside, on grass, and are moved as needed to allow the grass to regrow.

  • ziggypop

    Doesn’t sound like much of a vacation for the boy.

    • Helen Bach

      Fairhill is one of the nicest facilities in the country. In addition to hyperbaric therapy, horses are usually “hacked” on the trails one or more times per week. You would be lucky to be one of the handlers in the chamber with Orb. The super-oxygenated high atmosphere is good for whatever ails a horse (and you). Hyperbaric therapy is used to treat people with difficult to heal wounds, burns, lung ailments, chronic infections, etc. Good stuff.

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