Therapeutic Horseshoeing Modifications that Work

New York farrier shares solutions that he uses in his everyday work

Many farriers diversify their hoof-care practices across multiple disciplines. The disparity often leads to a variety of shoeing modifications that are incorporated into one’s everyday work, and Doug Corey is no exception

The Morrisville, N.Y., farrier provides hoof-care at two colleges, a breeding facility and private clients in the area. Cazenovia College Equine Education Center is predominantly hunters and dressage horses with a small contingent of western mounts.

“They have a few good connections where they get former show horses,” Corey says. “I get them when they’re 10 years old, sometimes teenagers. If they hold together, we’ll use them in the school program. A lot of my time is spent just trying to keep these horses comfortable and get some more years out of them. It’s a good deal for the horse and the program.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • Your modifications should reflect the horse’s needs, such as using a roll to off-center of the shoe to ease breakover.
  • Open-toed or reverse shoes can be beneficial for horses that have laminitis as it relieves stress on the dorsal hoof wall.
  • Aluminum pads are beneficial when a farrier prefers to deep seat both the shoe and the pad.

The horses he shoes at State University of New York (SUNY) Morrisville is nearly all western horses, such as reiners, pleasure horses and horsemanship-type horses.

“They have a summer internship program with students who show,” says the Cornell Farrier Science Program graduate. “They also have a large western breaking and training lesson program, so I…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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