On Monday evening North Carolina Veterinarian Dr. Bibi Freer held another successful farrier/vet jam session at her home. In attendance were 3 vets and over 10 farriers. We convened around 6 pm and held introductions. After that we got down to business.
Two horses were brought in for consult. The first was an eventing mare who was having issues, riding being on he forehand in dressage, not able to swap leads and left lead dominant on the cross country course. The second horse was a gelding used for trails, he was grade 3 lame. Both owners gave descriptions of the problems they felt they were having. After that we watched both horses be jogged and flexion tested. Once we all viewed the horses in motion, we all agreed to take radiographs. The mare had a negative palmar angle on her left hind and was heavily flared to the lateral side on her right hind. After consult we all decided that a simple good shoeing job was in her best interest. As for the gelding, his x-rays showed a lesion on his left front navicular bone and the owner and Bibi decided that the he was best left alone for the day and the horse was taken home.
Once the gelding left, we worked on the mare. She was shod upfront with a pretty typical “B” certification type fit with quarter clipped keg shoes with the help of AFA member Mick Doyle. Her hind end was where we got to have some forging fun. AFA member Jeff Pauley,CJF, AWCF, offered his help and forged some rocker toed, extended heel hind shoes for the horse. She was shod that way to help with her right hind foot that was more upright and short in an effort to have her move more evenly behind. The extended heels were used as a means to lessen her chronic shoe pulling.
All in all, we had a great time conversing and I think BiBi hit the nail on the head when she said her event was all about, “Getting vets and farriers to know one another, communicate, and collaborate”. She said that she felt the jam sessions are a great way to bridge that gap and to understand each other. This was my first jam session, and I thank her and AFA member Mick Doyle, for inviting me out.
If you work with a good vet, put a bug in their ear. Maybe you can start your own jam session in your area. You just might help yourself, someone else, and/or most importantly, someone’s horse.
Drew Morales, CJF