The Art of Therapeutic Shoeing

Michael J. Wildenstein, resident farrier at Cornell University’s large animal clinic, has approximately 400 different types of therapeutic shoes hanging on the wall of his clinic. Each one, he says, was made for a particular

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Michael J. Wildenstein, resident farrier at Cornell University’s large animal clinic, has approximately 400 different types of therapeutic shoes hanging on the wall of his clinic. Each one, he says, was made for a particular lameness or disease problem to fit an individual horse: aluminum shoes for a fatiguing jumper, plastic shoes for an endurance horse, rubber shoes for a carriage horse, titanium shoes for a horse who wears down its shoes too fast, glue-on shoes for thinned-walled horses. About 98% of them are nail-on shoes. His arsenal also includes bar shoes, shoes with frog supports, plastimer plastics for cracks, acrylics for hoof reconstruction, pads, metal plates, and even regular steel shoes.

 


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Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She’s schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

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