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The damaged claw is beginning to cornify nicely.
Upper photo: Farrier Adam Wynbrandt uses a side-grinder to remove excess material. Needless to say, the bull is secured in rotating stocks in a reclining position. Above: Dr. Stratton-Phelps debrides and cleans up both hind feet.
Left to right: (1): Adam makes the final preparation. The decision is made to use Resident Farrier, Kirk Adkins' Sneakers, an aluminum/urethane composite shoe. The claws will be bonded as one unit with a sufficient amount of posterior support in order to prevent the bull from constantly rocking back onto its fetlocks.
(2): The Sneakers are fitted and nailed on by Adam on one side of the claw only. Goven the amount of damage, it is impossible to nail the opposing side. And as anyone knows who has ever applied oxen shoes, nailing is tricky at best.
(3): The prepared foot. The shoe application is going to be half-nailed and half-glued.
(4): The decision is made to use Equi-thane to bond the Sneaker to the damaged portions of the foot.
Left: A heat gun is used to accelerate the setting of the bonding agent.
Right: The finished fit.
The finished job. Both hind feet are stabilized and the prognosis is good. This bull will make it back to breeding duties thanks to a little thinking outside the box. Most of us consider ourselves strictly horseshoers, but in the real world, our expertise is both wanted and needed for all hooved animals, domestic or otherwise.
Well, I don't know about you, but this story really tired me out. "Say, Doc...what do you think about getting a cold beer and some lunch?"