I helped Dr. O'Grady and Jason Maki, CJF, teach a hands-on class to vet students at Texas A&M a few years back. Doc is a helluva nice fellow who stays on top of the research and really knows his stuff.
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Tom Stovall, CJF No me preguntes cualquier preguntas, yo te diré no mentiras.
Thanks...I am thinking about having him consult on my barefoot horse's lameness case. My vet isn't the most, shall we say, up to date on current farrier practices and recommended bar shoes with wedges. He couldn't really tell me why, so I am skeptical that is his "go to" solution.
Just want to make sure I am doing the right thing for her.
I won't comment on Dr O'Grady except to say we have met and have had some discussions, mostly on the internet.
Seeing the radiographs, I have to agree that you need a second opinion . This horse may absolutely HATE a wedge, given the calcifucation on te extensor process. Wedging him will add tension in the extensor tendon at that damaged attachment, and wil also shove it closrt into te proximal dorsal hoof wall. (smash it against the front of the foot) So the calcification on the extensor process is likely going to be made more painful if you add a wedge.
As well most sidebone does best with :
1)someting to reduce concussion,
2)something to ease break over ALL AROUND the foot,
3)and a perfectly balanced foot medial laterally.
A 'bar shoe and wedge pad' is not likely going to cut it.
I also would do some exerimental "leverage testing" on the foot before shoeing to let the horse say what is most comfortable before designing the shoeing package.
Patty..that is EXACTLY what I thought. She is barefoot now and has been her whole life. I'm not opposed to therapeutic shoeing if needed, but I defintely think a wedge would just add more tension to the extensor process.
Is there anything that helps calcification of the extensor process? I know its not curable, but is there something that can help with functionality?
Her sidebone is quite extensive on the left and is visible above the coronet band.