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Research indicates raising the heels can have a positive effect by helping move the ground reaction forces back toward the heels, decreasing stress on the deep digital flexor tendon and possibly easing pressure on the navicular bone. Yet, Steve O’Grady says using the technique to deal with low or under-run heels can be detrimental.
“With low heels, extending or elevating the heels is maintaining the alignment of the hoof pastern axis and supporting the deep digital flexor tendon,” says the equine vet from Marshall, Va. “But increasing the load on the heels increases the propensity that they will deform and decreases their growth due to increased pressure.”
Farriers need to be aware that doing a procedure they are not properly trained to handle can qualify as malpractice, says Jamie Cooper, a lawyer and farrier’s wife from Cleveland, Texas. She says the potential for malpractice arises when a client presents a problem that requires a degree of training, skill or experience you have yet to acquire and you do not respond appropriately. Responding appropriately may mean consulting with someone else, doing some research or refusing to do the work.
It seems like nobody has more worries about dealing with dogs than mailmen working their daily routes. As a result, the U.S. Postal Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association have created a few tips that may prove…