One of the most unusual yet incredibly interesting tools I use in my work with foundered horses is Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT).
In previous blogs I've written about my basic hoof guidelines:
One of the most rewarding things I get to do as a farrier is help rescue horses. Here in Southeastern PA we have one of the largest horse and livestock auctions east of the Mississippi River.
Laminitis is one of the biggest hoof problems we encounter as hoof care providers. I have studied laminitis for the past 12 years extensively, presenting on laminitis at the Laminitis Conference in Florida and the International Hoof Care Summit in Ohio. I have won an award for a scientific poster on Maggot Debridement Therapy used for abscessing in chronically laminitic horses. I have helped acute and chronic horses who have laminitis from metabolic disorders, grain overload, retained placenta, lyme disease, mechanical leverage and more.
This blog is not intended to teach you how to nail without hands-on instruction and is intended for hoof care practiotioners who wish to expand their practice into nailing composite shoes. Unless you are a trained professional, please do not attempt nailing on composite shoes. In nine years of working with composite shoes, I’ve learned to appreciate a couple of well-placed nails, especially when used in combination with some glue, the nails aren’t hard on the foot, and when needed, have more advantages than disadvantages.