Articles by Stephen O’Grady

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Managing Hoof Abscesses

Options for dealing with this frequent and frustrating cause of equine lameness
Hoof abscesses are probably the most common cause of acute lameness in horses encountered by veterinarians and farriers.
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Barefoot Versus Shod?

It depends...
The choice of having horses go barefoot vs. shod was a topic that was discussed in December during the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in San Antonio, Texas. It generated very informative dialog and many important questions.
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Glue-On Shoes Best For Realinging Horses With Chronic Laminitis

This proven method avoids the trauma of pounding nails and allows for precision shoe placement — if you follow a few principles

CHRONIC LAMINITIS challenges veterinarians and farriers to improve function in a foot with substantial, possibly permanent structural changes. Chief among these is displacement of the third phalanx (P3), which is responsible for the hallmarks of chronic laminitis: chronic lameness, recurrent foot abscesses and abnormal hoof wall growth.


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What To Watch For When Reading Radiographs

Farriers can help their business, and the horse, by utilizing X-rays
To completely understand the ins and outs of a radiograph, you’d have to spend the better part of the next 4 years at a reputable college. But, as a farrier, you can use radiographs to your advantage if you know the basics of what to look for on the X-ray.
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