Proper Physiological Horseshoeing -it begins with the trim                                                                                                                                         alt

The importance of good basic farriery can no longer be denied as it forms the basis of maintaining a good healthy foot and also forms part of if not all of the therapy for a lame horse. The prelude to applying good basic farriery is a thorough knowledge and understanding of the appropriate basic farriery principles. As trimming is the mainstay of farriery, anatomical guidelines or landmarks to apply the appropriate trim will be discussed in detail. To better understand the principles and application of good farriery, this presentation will discuss the anatomy of the various types of abnormal foot conformations, the biomechanics of each foot conformation and the farriery principles. Conformations to be discussed are the long toe-low heel, club foot, sheared heel and mis-matched feet.  

Form and function of the equine foot as it relates to farriery

It is well accepted by veterinarians and farriers, that lameness issues and the application of therapeutic farriey is contingent on a thorough knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics
Form – the presentation will cover an in-depth look at the anatomy (form) of the foot, how the structures interact with each other, the load and shock absorbing mechanisms of the foot and how the form relates to making the best farriery decisions for a given foot.
Function – this section of the presentation will outline and discuss the biomechanics (function) of the equine foot. A very simplistic video will be included to demonstrate the biomechanical properties of the foot.
Both sections of the presentation are based on factual, fully referenced material.

Dr. Steve O’Grady is both a veterinarian and a professional farrier. He learned the farrier trade through a formal three year apprenticeship under "Hall of Fame" farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of  West Chester, Pennsylvania and then practiced as a professional farrier for 10 years. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree. He currently operates Virginia Therapeutic Farriery in Keswick, Virginia which is a referral practice devoted to equine foot disease and therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. Dr. O’Grady joins Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, FL during the winter season as a consultant in therapeutic farriery.

 He also operates a consulting service where he travels worldwide to treat complicated podiatry cases. He has published 33 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written 18 book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery - all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. He is currently in the process of editing a textbook on Farriery to be published in 2017. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President's Award for his work in farrier education.




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