Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, was a professional farrier for 10 years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He learned farriery through a formal apprenticeship under Hall of Fame farrier Joseph M. Pierce of West Chester, Penn. After graduating from veterinary school, O'Grady did an internship in Capetown, South Africa. Then he joined Dan Flynn, VMD, at Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., as an associate for five years. Since that time, he has operated a private practice in Virginia and South Africa, with a large portion of the practice devoted to equine podiatry. He has published numerous articles and lectured extensively on equine foot problems. His web site is www.equipodiatry.com.

Articles by Stephen E. O'Grady

Foal with Hoof Problems (Club Foot)

A veterinarian / farrier describes managing a Quarter Horse early club foot with trimming and surgery. Read More

Merits of Barefoot vs. Shod: Equine Practitioners Discuss

Equine practitioners are often asked for their opinion and input because owners often read or are told that having a horse barefoot is far superior to having him shod and that it's the only acceptable method of hoof care. Read More

Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

I am often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owner's situation and Read More

Acute and Chronic Laminitis: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

Acute and chronic laminitis is a frustrating and often disheartening condition to manage. Having had the opportunity to observe, treat and shoe laminitic horses for over 30 years, I have a unique prospective into this disease.

The biggest Read More

Equine Podiatry: Underrun Heels and Egg Bar Shoes

One veterinarian describes the causes of and a traditional treatment method for underrun heels. Read More

Misplaced Nail

I noticed my farrier put two nails in too high. She won't put weight on it. How long until it heals? Read More

How To Repair A Quarter Crack

A successful quarter crack repair should be simple, strong, safe to apply, and durable. Read More

Hoof Care for Toeing Out

An owner looks for help for a filly that wears down her feet unevenly with turned-out toes. Read More

Barefoot Horses

Veterinarians are often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owners' Read More

Vet Student/Farrier Courses

The importance of podiatry in equine practice and to the overall well-being (especially soundness) of the horse is well known. Treatment and prevention of lameness involving the distal limb centers around a thorough knowledge of hoof care. Due to Read More

KTA Sets Meeting for MRLS Loan Applicants

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) will offer a seminar July 25 to assist breeders in filling out loan applications for funding tied to mare reproductive loss syndrome. The money is available through a federal law enacted in Read More

Shoeing Prescription for Ringbone

 My eventer was recently diagnosed with ringbone. I am led to believe that he should be shod so he can break over more easily, so I'm thinking of a rolled shoe. My question for the experts would be: How well can he jump with a rolled Read More

Foal Hoof Care

Among the many factors that determine the success of a foal as a sales yearling or as a mature athlete are management decisions about its feet and limbs during its first four months of life. Because a solid foundation for performance in the Read More