Poor foot balance contributes significantly to lameness problems and back pain. Corrective farriery is frequently recommended as part of the treatment plan. Many farriers are happy to pop in to the hospital to see X-rays, but often they miss the case vet when they do. As an added frustration, the vet is rarely able to be present when the horse is shod. Not surprisingly, this inefficient process is prone to wasted time, frustration and reduced success rates.
Adam Evans is here in the hospital every Wednesday and other week days by appointment. By providing this service ‘under one roof’, the initial remedial farriery part of lameness treatment can be undertaken with veterinary supervision and x-ray guidance at Cotts. Re-examination at the time of re-shoeing is normally carried out at 5 week intervals. Not only does this maximise the benefits of remedial farriery for the horse and client, it also simplifies insurance cases since farriery is invoiced through the hospital. As soon as the correction has been achieved (normally 2 to 4 shoeings) the aim is for the client to return to their own farrier. Cases suitable include any lameness or back pain case with sub-optimal foot balance.
Horses can be referred to Cotts Equine for farriery by vets or other farriers. If you think that this service would be helpful for your horse, but you are not registered with us, please speak to your vet or farrier to arrange referral. The services on offer are strictly complementary to local farriery services, which is why clients must be referred. We encourage you to discuss possible referral with your own farrier before seeking an appointment. One of the aims of this service is to promote farrier cooperation, knowledge and confidence on difficult cases; we would always encourage your normal farrier to be in attendance at the appointment.