Re-evaluating Therapeutic Shoeing

Re-evaluating Therapeutic Shoeing

Therapeutic shoes can outlive their usefulness, so re-evaluate the shoeing prescription intermittently.

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Q. My horse has been wearing therapeutic shoes long term but has started to have soundness issues after two years of going well. Is there any point or situation you'd recommend going "back to basics" with a straight shoe or barefoot to evaluate and pinpoint the issue's root cause?

Mari, via e-mail

A. Yes, this is often the case. Therapeutic shoes can outlive their usefulness. The shoeing prescription needs to be re-evaluated intermittently. Therapeutic shoeing changes the way the foot loads, and can eventually overload other areas of the foot and cause lameness.

About the Author

Scott E. Morrison, DVM

Scott Morrison, DVM, is a podiatrist and shareholder at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, where he sees a variety of foot and lameness-related cases. He graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.

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