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Digital radiographs have produced dramatic changes in how farriers evaluate and scrutinize our ability to trim horses’ feet. Yet, they are not without their drawbacks.
Trimming and shoeing horses before digital radiographs had definite disadvantages. You had to either go to the vet clinic or they’d leave a copy with the owner and you’d get to see it a week or 2 later. You never knew where it really was in your shoeing cycle.
It wasn’t until digital radiographs came out that we started getting radiographs with all kinds of letters, angles, arrows and points (Figure 1 above). They helped us a lot because they’re clear, but I’m going to get into how we have to be cautious with radiographs.
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