Farriers can help correct foal deformities by using extensions such as the one shown on this shoe, but an understanding of the cause and severity of, as well as the timing of treating a deviation is the real key to success.

Getting Started With Foal Extensions

Before you start applying these useful products, be sure you understand the condition you’re trying to address

Horse breeders are some of the most daring gamblers in the world. The enterprise is full of risks, from getting the mare in foal, keeping her in foal to term and finally delivering a live foal that is correct and strong.

The first good look at a newborn foal is an anxious time as you see how the rolled dice have come up. Most of the time, the news is good — but even when nature has thrown a curve ball, there is still hope for a home run.

Lower limb deformities are one of the most common disappointments breeders experience. They range from barely perceptible to life threatening. Fortunately, recent innovation in both veterinary medicine and farrier science makes it easier to correct nature’s over sights.

Timing And Teamwork

Timing is as important as the treatment itself. Treatments that are used too soon, too late or that are left on for too long can produce results worse than the original pathology. Extreme care must be taken that none are too severe, causing pain and tissue damage. We’ll explore this more later.

Understand that, as a farrier, you are part of a team consisting of you, the attending vet and the caretaker. Everyone must be on the same page for success. Often, the farrier is the first to evaluate a new foal. When you see an abnormality, a big alarm should go off in your head. When it does, don’t try to be the Lone Ranger. Bring in the…

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Red renchin

Red Renchin

Red Renchin was a long-time farrier who called Mequon, Wis., and Wellington, Fla. home. A native of Minnesota and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, he served as Technical Editor of American Farriers Journal. Renchin passed away in 2015.

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