Briefings: December 2017

Pictured Above: New York Police Department farrier Thomas Nolan, center, modifies a keg shoe while CBS2 reporter Dana Tyler interviews fellow farrier Marcus Martinez about the only mobile law enforcement hoof-care unit in the country.  Photo: New York Police Department

New York Police Department Deploys Mobile Farrier Unit

As part of a $100,000 upgrade, farriers now go to the New York Police Department Mounted Police Unit’s horses to keep them on patrol.

“It’s a moving pit stop,” New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Commissioner Robert Martinez told CBS2.

The unit has two full-time farriers, Marcus Martinez and Thomas Nolan, who put new shoes on the horses every 2 to 3 weeks.

“Most other mounted units, when they’re in the field, they either have to take the horse away from the situation or they have to take the horse out of service,” Marcus Martinez says. “We can keep the horse going.”

Officer Joseph Tomeo adds, “We’re really confident these guys are great at what they do. Top notch. They can get us right back out there.”



85% Of Horses In Dutch Study Had At Least 1 Hoof Disorder

A recent epidemiological study found an unexpectedly high rate of hoof disorders in the Netherlands.

Researchers randomly chose 1,000 horses and found that 85% of them had at least one visible hoof disorder during a regular farrier visit, according to the study, “Cross-sectional study of the prevalence of and risk factors for hoof disorders in horses in the Netherlands.” Most of the disorders…

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