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Simple And Straightforward Shoeing Helps Young Horse Recover

Texas farrier Virgil Conde discusses his strategy for the footcare of a horse that sheared off part of its hoof wall

Farrier Takeaways

  • Virgil Conde first will look to using a heart-bar shoe as the appliance for protecting the foot.
  • Giving owners clear instructions and welcoming their calls regarding
    progress is necessary in therapeutic cases.
  • Lacking an eye for spotting lamenesses in horses can only be improved by investing time with observing sound and unsound horses.

In mid-September, Todd and Leighette Davidson knew their young horse Tybee had a problem. Identifying it was easy — the Quarter Horse had broken off part of the hoof wall on the lateral side of its front left foot (Figure 1). As best they could tell from the location of the recovered piece of hoof wall (Figure 2), the horse caught its foot on a broken pipe, which created the trauma.

Dr. Stephanie Collins of Chaparral Veterinary Service in Jourdonton, Texas, made the farm visit for Tybee. After inspecting and flushing the injury site (Figure 3), she bandaged and stabilized the foot. The plan would be to monitor the horse until it could be seen by a farrier.

Over the next 2 weeks, Collins reported that the horse remained sound and could bear weight on the injured foot.

Farrier Intervention And First Shoeing

Corpus Christi, Texas, farrier Virgil Conde handles footcare cases for the vet clinic. Overall, the second-generation farrier’s practice covers therapeutic and performance horses throughout southeast Texas. Collins sent Conde images of the exterior injury. No radiographs were taken. It was determined to continue with the veterinary bandaging.

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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