Useful Technologies for Therapeutic Situations

Anatomical knowledge and teamwork are vital, but knowing how to use these product types is important as well

Just about any equine veterinarian who specializes in hoof care or farriers who do a lot of therapeutic shoeing will tell you the thing they most rely on to do their work isn’t found in a toolbox, mounted on a shoeing rig or installed in a workshop or veterinary clinic.

It’s between their ears and maybe in their heart as well.

These hoof-care professionals always tell us they rely on their knowledge and understanding of anatomy, on their own observations, on what they’ve learned from others and from experience and from a willingness to consider each horse individually.

We also repeatedly hear that vets and farriers — as well as their equine patients — benefit from working together as a team.

All that being said, therapeutic work also requires a high-level of technical skill and a knowledge of certain types of products and how they can be best used. Here is a list of some of those types of products, as well as some of the advice on using them that’s been offered to American Farriers Journal editors over the years.

  • Specialty Shoes. These are shoes that may provide additional support, more protection, or are useful for treating specific conditions.
  • Aluminum. Aluminum shoes are lighter in weight, which can be a vital factor in therapeutic situations. They also can be easier to glue-on than steel, which can be important in cases of badly damaged hooves or when you don’t want to pound on an overly sensitive foot.
  • Adhesives. Using adhesives…
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Pat tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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