The Farrier service at New Bolton Center is one of the oldest, most well respected programs in the United States. The Farriery was included among the first buildings erected when the Veterinary School was founded. Early farriers Garrett Edwards (1885-1891), Zachariah Scholl (1891-1893), and Franz Enge (1893-1930) were respected worldwide and established the University of Pennsylvania’s farrier program as among the world’s best.
More recently, farriers Jack Anderson and Bob Charles continued this tradition of excellence, providing clinical service to horses with complex problems, while simultaneously participating in the education of veterinary students.
As Chief of Farrier Services from 1983-2006, Rob Sigafoos became known for his innovative approach utilizing glue-on horseshoes and synthetic polymers for hoof reconstruction. His work resulted in three patents and the establishment of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory for the development of new materials and techniques for rehabilitation of the distal limb.
In 2006, Patrick Reilly joined New Bolton Center as Chief of Farrier Services and Director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory. The farrier service continues to explore new materials and techniques for the advancement of hoof care, with studies underway to include the development of a protocol for in-shoe force measurement as a means of quantifying the effect of different shoes on the hoof. In addition, computer analysis of the hoof will assist in the accumulation of data which will lead to a better understanding of deformation of the equine hoof as seen in under run heels and hoof capsule distortion.
Chief of Farrier Services
To Make an Appointment
- For all routine and emergency appointments call 610-444-5800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Appointments may be made by the owner, trainer or referring veterinarian.