by Geronimo Bayard photos by Mary Bayard
|Published in the March 2001 Issue of Anvil
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We farriers are frequently called upon to apply a hospital plate shoe to a horse that has a puncture wound, abscess or other condition that requires sole protection which can be removed and replaced by the owner for medication purposes. We immediately think: drill and tap holes, cut out a metal plate, and apply borium if the horse is to be ridden. It is a time-consuming proposition for the farrier and an expensive one for the horse owner.
I will show you a quick and easy alternative for dealing with such situations. The snap-in pad will allow the horse owner to remove the pad, medicate the foot as needed, and replace the pad with ease. The horse may be exercised and ridden with the pad if it is appropriate to do so in his condition.
Larry Davis of Bend, Oregon, showed this snap-in pad to me many years ago. I have used it on numerous occasions and found it to be a satisfactory way of dealing with most horses needing a hospital plate.
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