Unusual Bar Shoe Offers an Option for Laminitis Cases

Irish farrier has found this modification effective in numerous cases

Eamonn Harrington, a farrier from Ireland, has had success treating laminitic horses using a reverse egg bar shoe with a bar added across the sole to support the bony column.

This article does not announce a new cure for laminitis. It is also not being written to suggest disregarding other existing methods of treating laminitis or to try to imply that they are wrong. I am simply describing my own experience and a successful approach I have used for treating laminitis.

I have hesitated to write about this method because I didn’t think I was in a position to relay any new information on the subject. I presumed everybody had similar success rates in horses and ponies that suffer from laminitis. I discovered this was not the case when a couple of farrier colleagues saw what I did and commented on the immediate relief experienced by the animal. I found that animals were being put down unnecessarily. I have treated in excess of 100 cases over the past 3 years and when laminitis was the only condition involved, I have had a 100% success rate.

More Than Luck

When I put this to an esteemed colleague in the United Kingdom, his reply was “You’ve been lucky.” I gave this serious consideration and asked myself if that indeed was the case. I closely studied hundreds of pictures and dozens of personal case files and have concluded beyond doubt that my success cannot be put down only to luck. Although mind you…

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