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Shoeing Horses in Middle East Presents New Challenges

Farrier educator Mitch Taylor spent 18 months in Qatar helping to improve footcare while furthering his knowledge and ability


Pictured Above: Farrier shop at the Equine Veterinary Medical Center in Doha, Qatar.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Working as a team with veterinarians, farriers and other specialists while mutually respecting each other’s strengths results in a better outcome for horses.
  • Strong shoemaking skills make a difference in consistently and
    accurately shoeing difficult cases.
  • Take care when applying caudal extension shoes on young foals. When fit too long and left on too long, they can result in capsule detachment.

After 29 years of running and instructing farriery at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School, I decided to take a sabbatical in January 2018. I believe that everything happens as part of a grand plan and as fate would have it, I accepted a job as the head of podiatry within the newly opened Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC) in Doha, Qatar.

The hospital building is adjoined with a veterinary medical laboratory and equine research center and is situated on the grounds of the state-owned Al Shaqab equine facility. Interestingly, this is the same place that our good friend Burney Chapman used to come to work on foundered horses for the Emir of Qatar in the late ’80s and early ’90s, although Burney would not recognize it now.

My official title is chief of orthopedic podiatry and my work scope is two-fold. First, I am responsible for the therapeutic footcare of all cases that come into the hospital. The typical case will involve working with veterinary doctors, lameness diagnostic imaging specialists, and other clinical staff to…

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Mitch Taylor

Mitch Taylor, CJF, AWCF, APF, is owner of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky. He is a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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