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May 2013

Hot Fitting a Shoe from a Farrier's Perspective

on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 21:21

This is a cool little video clip of how it looks to hot fit a horse shoe from my perspective! Enjoy


2MT Tech Question - What Can I Do about White Line Disease?

on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 21:10
White Line Disease on a hoof.

Hi Y'all,

Recently a horse owner contacted me via Facebook and thought that her horse had a case of White Line Disease and asked me what she should do. 

Unfortunately, I cannot advise her on how to treat WLD over the internet, especially without seeing it.  But I was able to give her some pointers to help her figure out the next step.  What I told her is that WLD is a soup of bacterial strains that makes it hard to treat in many cases without invasive hoofwall removal procedures.  Some topical agents work very well, however, sometimes they do absolutely nothing.  WLD can also become a fungal infection if left untreated and can travel up inside the hoofwall.

2MT Tab Pigg and Dr. Esco Buff Discuss Limb Length Disparity

on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:03

At the 2013 International Hoof Care Summit, I was able to sit down and discuss Limb Length Disparity with Dr. Esco Buff.  Dr. Buff explains what the condition is, how it affects horses and how it can be corrected.

2MT Case Study - Applying Lateral Wedges

on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 22:28
Applying lateral wedges on a base narrow horse changes the way the horse stands and moves.

Recently I had a Power Point presentation to prepare, and decided the project I would present would be applying lateral wedges to the horse shown here.  I decided this documented case study would be interesting to others so I decided to share it with you all.  The process will show how leveling the heels on a base narrow horse changes the way the horse stands and moves. 

When I started out, I picked up the foot and saw that the bars had grown out onto the sole. Just by looking, I could see the bars on the left side were almost touching the white line. On the right, the white line of the bars was out in the middle of the foot. 

After I trimmed the feet, I applied shoes.