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Jack M. Millman BBA, CJF, Dip.WCF

                 Jack Millman Farrier Service, Farrier Consultant, and Educational Clinician

                 Willow Farm 295 Old Post Road Worthington, MA  01098                       

                 413 238 5555 Phone /Fax email  Cell 413 539 7704  jmmcjf@verizon.net

Bar Shoes their use, function and construction.

The various types of bar shoes are tools that can be used by the Farrier in conjunction with the Veterinarian in the treatment process of the horse.

Bar shoes can be applied for balance protection as well as therapy.

Over the past years many manufacturers have produced bar shoes that can be readily put on the horse.

These shoes come in every conceivable style and size. They are easily adjustable in the forge.

An important point to remember is that bar shoes are only a tool and perform only as well as the ability of the Farrier applying them.

We must all, both Farriers and Veterinarians, know what we expect our shoeing to accomplish and how that shoeing is to be applied before we can set our goals for treatment.


Straight Bar Shoe


The primary purpose of the straight bar shoe is to stabilize the hoof capsule while distributing weight bearing over a full 360 degree bearing surface.

This will facilitate a healing process for damage to the hoof capsule or related soft tissue when used in concert with appropriate veterinary care.

The most common indications for the application of the straight bar shoe are:

Hoof Cracks. Toe. Heel. Quarter.

Hoof Avulsions/lacerations-[ Wounds to the wall or sole].

Severe medial/lateral anterior/posterior imbalance.

Hoof distortions, chronic laminitis, keratoma.

Post surgical. In concert with hospital/treatment plates.

Fitting of a straight bar shoe should follow the same basic principles as any proper shoeing.

Sufficient stock size should be used to stabilize the hoof capsule both medial/lateral and anterior/posterior.

Construction should be sufficient to allow the shoe to be serviceable for at least six weeks.

There should be full coverage of the hoof wall with proper expansion and posterior support.


Egg Bar Shoes


The primary purpose of the Egg Bar Shoe is Caudal support.

This shoe will allow the horse to properly load the leg and hoof by changing the position of the leg under the body.

The proper loading of the bony column will allow normal blood supply to all parts of the hoof and facilitate the normal growth of hoof horn and the healing of bruised or damaged parts.

The most common applications for  the Egg Bar Shoe are:

Forward stance, camped out, Long toe/low heel syndrome usually caused by poor husbandry and / or inappropriate Farrier care resulting in Caudal/Palmer distress due to crushed or under-run heels and soft tissue bruising.

Egg Bar Shoes must follow the same basic principles of all good shoeing.

Construction of the Egg Bar Shoe must be of such strength as to support weight bearing in the extreme posterior of the shoe.

The length of the Egg Bar Shoe must be appropriate to compensate for the capsular distortion or the trauma being addressed. An Egg Bar Shoe of insufficient length will be of no value. One of excessive length will act as a posterior lever creating new problems.


Heart Bar/Frog Plate Shoe


The Heart Bar/Frog Plate Shoe is dedicated to relieving the weight bearing from the hoof wall and sole by allowing the frog to accept a portion of the load.

This shoe distributes weight bearing over a greater than 360 degree area.

When properly applied this shoe is very useful in the treatment of acute Laminitis and has shown to be useful in the stabilization of the hoof capsule in phalangeal rotation, hoof capsule rotation and PIII sinker. As a mechanical support this shoe can aid in the restoration of a balanced blood supply to the hoof.

The Heart Bar/Frog Plate Shoe has also been shown to aid the horse with Caudal/Palmer distress, False Quarter and Quarter Cracks.

It is a useful tool in aiding the healing process of the hoof capsule.

I must stress that this shoe must be applied properly and carefully monitored because of the frog plate, if it is misapplied it is capable of causing severe soft tissue damage.

How this shoe is applied is based solely on the experience and skill of the Farrier in concert with the diagnostic ability of the Veterinarian.

Placement of this shoe when dealing with rotational founder or sinker should be based on radiographic evidence.


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