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PAINFUL HORSE HOOF | Satisfying Therapeutic HORSESHOEING | Farrier

Putting a leather pad on a sore footed horse.

How’s everybody doing hope you’re having a good day if you’re new to the channel this is sns horseshoeing youtube channel and my name is sheldon thomas i’m a certified journeyman farrier and this horse i’m working on today is a horse that came into a vet clinic that i was doing an externship at so i’m also a vet student and i was up at this vet clinic doing an

Externship and this horse came in for a lameness exam and then they asked me to shoot the horse so i’m gonna i’ll explain i’ll show you some x-rays and explain why i decided to do what i did with the shoe-in package that i put on him fortunately i didn’t get to be there for the lameness exam but i’ll kind of give you the quick story of what they did so when they

Came in they saw that he was lame and then they put a little bit of local block like maybe what you get at the dentist put a little bit of lidocaine or carbocane or something like that on a nerve and did a pd block and so that pd stands for palmer digital nerve and so that nerve innervates the back half of the foot and the solar surface the part that you could see

Me knifing out there a second ago and once they blocked that nerve he wasn’t lame anymore or he was less lame so what that tells you is that his pain or his lameness is somewhere in the back of his foot or in the solar part of his foot and so that could be an abscess that could be the famous navicular disease it could be a lot of different things and so they took

Some x-rays and i’ll show you those right here and some things you can see on the x-rays the first thing that kind of stands out to me is that he has a lot of toe out there in front of his foot and you can actually see me right here as i’m rasping bringing that toe back in the collection and i’ll show you one more thing i’m going to do to the shoe to help that

Out and then also you can see on this other x-ray he just kind of has thin soles and i don’t know if that’s actually bothering him like we said the the block numbs that part of the foot so that could be all it is and so i’ll show you what i do to address that or actually how about this i’ll just tell you what i’m going to do so i can explain the next thing i’m

Going to put a leather pad on him so that’s going to serve as two things that’s going to protect his soul a little bit if if thin souls is what’s bothering him and also the leather pad is going to give a little cushion between the shoe and the foot for his heels just in case like we talked about the block numbs the his heels and so his heels could be bothering

Him so a little cushion between the shoe and his foot from the leather pad could help that out and i’ll show you that like i said here in a second okay as fine finally as part of the x-rays they took pictures of his navicular bones and you can see those x-rays right here you can see the navicular bone that arrows pointing at it and so what they’re looking there is

Looking for navicular disease and see if there’s lesions or or injuries to those navicular bones and and the navicular navicular bones checked out fine which is always good um the other thing that they talked with the client about doing was doing a bursa injection which is where you take a little bit of steroid and some antibiotics and some hyaluronic acid and

Put it in the navicular bursa without getting too far into it that that’ll help out a horse has nobicious disease but because this horse was barefoot we decided to start off with just some good quality shoeing and if that doesn’t help we’ll move on from there me okay guys so remember a second ago i talked about bringing the leading edge of the toe back that

On the x-rays it showed that there was the toe was too far out in front of the foot um so i’m gonna so i’m putting like a little rocker into the toe i already collected up the toe and brought it back uh but you can only do that so much and so the next mechanic that i put into the shoe and i’m just preparing the foot for it i’ll show you what i do the shoe here in

A second so i’m putting a rocker in it um and you can call that bringing the leading edge of the foot back you can call it break over you can call it leverage call it what you want we just got to get some of that off there because i just push too much stress on other parts of the limb and foot as you can tell i’m still trying to learn how to use a ruler so take

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And check that out back to what we’re doing here a little advice for if you’re just getting started shooting horses and you’re having trouble shaping shoes whether it’s cold or hot make sure you’re starting with your toe of the shoe because if you go and get the heels right and then have to adjust the toe you got to go back and re-fix the heels so that might be

A little tip there that helps you out if you’re struggling with shaping shoes which is when you’re first getting started that’s kind of one of the tougher parts of it you go back and forth to the stall jacker anvil a bunch of times so right here you saw me a second ago rasp a rocker into the toe and so i just put a rocker right there into my shoe and that’s how

I like to do it set it over the edge of the anvil like that and it just bends the tip of the shoe up and that brings the leading edge of the of the foot back and what some people call eases break over takes leverage off of the foot i think when you’re doing a rocker tow it’s not 100 necessary but it’s i think it’s good practice to then burn the shoe on to the

Foot because what’s that what that’s doing is you’re you’re putting you’re making the angle of the shoe and the angle of your rocker toe match the foot 100 because you’re able to burn those two surfaces together which it makes makes a which makes a match let me move this stuff for you so what i’m doing here like i mentioned earlier i’m gonna put a leather pad

On this horse which is gonna serve two purposes like i mentioned just in case his lateness is coming from having thin soles and maybe a little soul soreness so that’ll protect give a little extra layer of protection there and also this leather pad is going to give a little cushion between the shoe and the his heels and i guess his whole foot and so that could

Also help him out and i i like a leather pad better than a plastic pad i actually try not to use pads more than i have to um but i like the leather pad it tends to breathe a little better just being a natural material it has a little little natural cushion to it and also the products that they use to tan leather are anti-microbial um because that’s a way

Of preserving the leather because the leather is an animal product and so if they don’t put that in there the leather the bugs and stuff will just eat the leather which also helps keep fungus and bacteria and stuff out of off the horse’s foot so that’s another good feature of leather pads but the biggest reason i like those over plastic pads is they’re just more

Breathable they don’t sometimes you’ll take off a plastic pad and they just get a lot of grime and and nasty stuff under the pad and so anyway that’s why i’m using a leather pad instead of a plastic pad you saw the way i used the the shears and i traced out the pad and used the shears on the to cut the pad that’s i’ve found that’s a pretty good way of doing it

Without having like a pad cutter or something i’ve tried cutting with my nippers and stuff i’m sure you you farers have tried that and that’s kind of miserable so that’s a little recommendation those shears are pretty cheap go to a hardware store and get those and and that works pretty good and then take it to the grinder and and make it fit shoe real good or if

You don’t have a grinder take your rasp and rasp along your shoe and it’ll get your pad to fit real good so you can see this stuff i’m putting in there it’s a type of soul pack it’s i actually use rate hoof packing is the brand i don’t know if there’s anything special about that but it works works pretty good there’s a lot of products out there that work equally as

Good and something that i that i contemplated when i was putting shoes on this horse was you’ll kind of see he’s kind of got small frogs maybe he’s had some problems with thresh in the past or something that’s kind of caused his frogs to atrophy a little bit um he’s got kind of contracted heels heels that really wrap in real tight which can cause pain and horse’s

Feet and that actually that soul pack that i’m using will help keep thrush out but i digress back to so something you can do to help out a hoof with weak frogs is put a dental and pressure material in there and that’ll help to engage the frog and help push out those heels if you will and that’s definitely something that i probably could have done the reason i

Decided not to it’s just a little scary if you have a horse that has heel pain and then you go put dental impression in there that that puts a little bit of pressure on the frog and engages the frog you could be causing pain from putting dental impression material material in there so it’s just kind of a catch-22 and i decided not to do that to just go with the

Sole pack something that i wish we would be able to do which would have kind of been fun is to go back and take x-rays afterwards just take a lateral x-ray and see what that toe looks like um see where my rocker toe ended up kind of what i’m shooting for is if you draw a line down the door flax aspect of the coffin bone for that rocker toe that leading edge of

The foot to be in line with that um unfortunately we didn’t get to do that maybe someday when i’m in bed i’ll be able to play around like that but here’s a little side view you can see how that rocker toe takes leverage off the front of the foot as the poor steps now what i’m doing here is just beveling that pad um what that does is just hopefully helps keep the

Horse from pulling its shoe hopefully if it steps on it’ll just slide off so just little insurance and and making it look nice what’s that good okay folks that’s all we got for you this time here’s some pictures of how things turned out hope you enjoyed that don’t forget remember who you are don’t do anything i wouldn’t do be kind to those around you and we’ll catch you next time

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