IN A SURVEY on how shoers work with equine veterinarians conducted by American Farriers Journal staffers during last winter’s 2003 American Farrier’s Association convention, 53 percent of the farriers indicated certain vets call for help on a serious shoeing or footcare problem. Some 50 percent of the farriers say their work with vets is through horse-owing clients and 45 percent of shoers recommend that owners call pecific vets when footcare concerns require more than farriery care. Some 22 percent of the farriers work regularly with a vet clinic. These results total over 100 percent because a number of farriers indicated more than one answer applied to them.
When it comes to consulting with other farriers about footcare problems, 57 percent of the shoers do so on laminitis concerns. Some 41 percent consult with other farriers on navicular syndrome, 28 percent on white line disease, 19 percent on hoof cracks and 12 percent for other needs
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