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.

Editor’s Note: When Mitch Taylor of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School took his sabbatical in a Qatar veterinary hospital for 18 months, he was presented with numerous challenging cases. In his International Hoof-Care Summit — 2021 Virtual Clinic Series presentation, Taylor reviews these cases, which often took some creative approaches. But to gain the desired result in each, he stresses principles vs. a one-size-fits-all approach.

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…

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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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