The Podiatry Center is a specialized facility to attend to the hoof care needs of our patients. Equine Podiatry is a field that combines the art of farriery and blacksmithing with the medicine and science of the veterinary profession. Equine podiatrists are specialists in hoof injury, infection, abnormalities, wounds, and foot-related lameness.
Hagyard is proudly affiliated with Fraley Equine Podiatry. Dr. Fraley and his team work out of the Podiatry Center at Hagyard’s Sport Horse Facility. Dr. Fraley was born in Central Kentucky but was raised on a commercial cattle ranch in Western Colorado. He has been shoeing horses since age 15 after being introduced to the trade by local rancher Mr. Bill Walk. He received his DVM from Colorado State University in 2004. Fraley Equine Podiatry is based out of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and is proud to be affiliated with the oldest and largest Equine hospital in the world.
Dr. Fraley sits on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and is also fortunate to work on many of horseracing’s heroes that are retired at Old Friend’s in Georgetown, Kentucky. Dr. Fraley has been actively involved in the AFA/AAEP Farrier Short Course which teaches basic farriery and promotes the Veterinary/Farrier relationship in U.S. Veterinary schools. In the last year, Dr. Fraley and his team have worked in conjunction with Pfizer Animal Health to put on 8 hands on podiatry clinics at veterinary hospitals across the country. These clinics have been designed to foster the veterinary/farrier relationship while teaching modern techniques of Equine podiatry. His truck and shop are always open to visiting veterinarians, farriers, and students alike.