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.
- 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…