3D Printer A Gamechanger For Godolphin Farrier

Charlie Appleby is an extremely successful trainer for Godolphin, who is quick to give credit to other team members who work to keep the horses in top form, including his farrier, Derek Poupard, reports Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

Poupard spends three months in Dubai with Appleby, where he focuses on making the horse’s hooves as natural as possible. Appleby trains most of his horses barefoot, putting shoes on them only to race to comply with the rules.

Poupard is interested in minimizing the use of nailed-on shoes, even for racing. Always up for trying new things, he’s used a 3D printer to create a piece of carbon fiber that he then screws an aluminum shoe onto. The fiber  is then attached to the racehorse’s foot using glue and casting tape, which is similar to the material used in human plaster casts.

Though Poupard notes that this shoe may not work for every horse, he has had good luck with it on multiple Godolphin trainees. He notes that it’s especially helpful on horses that have hoof issues, like those with thin walls or those who get foot sore.

This type of shoeing has also been used in equine injury cases Poupard has worked on at the Dubai Equine Hospital. One of the shoes he created is especially helpful to use on horses that have fractures. The shoe has minimal contact with the ground and is rounded like half a ball, meaning the horse can spin on it, reducing torsional stress. With no nails to pound into the hoof wall, there’s less pain in its application, as well. This shoe and its application helps horses get out of casts and back to their home farms more rapidly.

Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

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