Contest Winners

See who took home three FREE horseshoeing videos for the best diagnosis and treatment suggestions for this hoof

Round 4 of the “What’s This?” contest drew another good series of answers from visitors to the American Farriers Journal Web site,

Chris Gregory of the Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., went through the answers and chose the shoer he judged had best identified the hoof problem, its causes and treatment options.

Judge’s Comments

Everyone who said these photos showed a cleft or abscess was correct. Kevin Boyer of Joshua Tree, Calif., was the winner of this round. His answer was excellent, well thought out and correct.

The picture shows the hoof the first time I saw this horse. The owner could give me very little information about it. The horse had been lame, or so the owner thought, around 2 months prior to the time these pictures were taken.

An abscess caused a cleft at the quarter. The weakened laminae attachment allowed the hoof wall to crack vertically, giving the appearance of a quarter crack (although the coronary band is not involved). The horse was not lame, and there was no infection present at the time of the picture.

We shod the horse with quarter clips to help hold the shoe on with fewer nails. The complete shoeing picture series for this hoof can be found in the December, 1999, issue of American Farriers Journal in the article about fitting clips on pages 93 to 98. No topical solution was used, just simple shoeing.

—Chris Gregory, Lamar, Mo.

The Winner

It looks as though there…

To view the content, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital-only and Premium subscribers. A Print-only subscription doesn't qualify. Please purchase/upgrade a subscription with the Digital product to get access to all American Farriers Journal content and archives online.

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.

Top Articles

Current Issue

View More

Current Issue

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings