Steel Hospital Plate

Hospital Plate Options Provide Horse Hoof Wound Protection

Intermediate and skilled farriers have traditional and creative applications to consider

Fifth in a Series

In this series, we will examine different shoeing applications and various alternatives for achieving the same desired outcome. In this installment, we explore the hospital plate.

Farrier Takeaways

  • A hospital plate provides critical protection for the horse’s foot in several therapeutic cases including laminitis, puncture wounds, abscesses, bursitis, navicular bursa and canker.
  • Some store-bought hospital pad kits provide pre-cut holes that may or may not benefit the specific case you are handling. Consult the pad before purchase to ensure it will match the wound site.
  • Screws and bolts can be lost by clients during the treatment process. Consider providing them with extras, as well as a wrench, to ensure the plate can be reattached.
  • Hoof preparation is critical if you choose a glue-on shoe and hospital plate application. It’s important to avoid experimentation during this critical time.
  • A three-bolt hospital plate might prove unstable for some horses. A four-bolt plate might be a more effective option in these cases.

A hospital plate shoe treatment is a versatile and effective application for managing and treating a variety of hoof maladies.

It’s a varied combination of a horseshoe and removable plate that protects the solar area of the foot while allowing the horse to walk during healing from bouts of laminitis and post-deep penetrating wounds. The plate can act as a tourniquet when the foot is packed with sterile packing material and the plate is tightened against the shoe. It can be fitted to the hoof for surgical…

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Laura Gillespie

Laura Gillespie is an Athens, Ala., farrier who specializes in therapeutic hoof care and shoes English sport horses, as well as reiners and fox hunters.

Mike hayward

Mike Hayward

Mike Hayward, APF-I, owns a multi-farrier business in Morgan Hill, Calif. He specializes in therapeutic hoof care and shoes English sport horses, eventers, reiners and endurance horses.

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