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Hot Fitting Can Be Helpful

The industry has debated hot/cold shoeing for years. It will probably continue for many more. We asked for some opinions on the issue. It seems that even those that are hot fitting don't believe it is absolutely a must- and don't hot fit everything. They feel the foot prep and the final shoe fit are the most important thing- not how you get to the shoe fit. One thing seemed to be common in the discussion. A good reason for shoeing hot is the fact that it is much easier to shape a hot shoe. But there were some other issues. [more]

Working with a Chronic Quarter Crack

By Michael Chance, CJF

These are pictures of a chronic quarter crack that reopened (Image 1). All farriers get this type of call and the question, “Can you do something with this? I have a show in a few days so he can’t have any time off.” First it is important to get the history. This horse was purchased two years ago with a crack in the same spot. The horse was never lame. Now, two years later, another one pops. Looking at this horse (Image 2) it is easy to see there are conformation faults that led to the crack. The foot is typical as it lands on the outside then slams the inside as the horse’s weight passes over it. The medial wall is forced higher and higher causing it to shear. [more]

The Practical Application of Bar Shoes

By Stephen E. O'Grady DVM MRCVS

Bar shoes could be considered the foundation of therapeutic farriery. A bar shoe is one in which the heels are joined to form a continuous unit of steel or aluminum.  There are several patterns of complete bar shoes commonly used in therapeutic farriery including the straight bar, the egg bar, the heart bar, the heart bar-egg bar (full support shoe) and the “Z’ bar shoe.  It is important to realize and understand the multitude of benefits a bar shoe can provide such as increased stability of the hoof capsule, increased ground contact surface, local protection and recruitment of additional weight bearing areas of the foot. [more]

Winter Traction Tips

By Bob Schantz

Winter can create traction problems for horses, and therefore for farriers charged with their care. Care should be used when deciding how much traction is needed. Excessive traction can create torque to the limbs, too little allows the horse to slip or fall. In addition to forged caulks, there are four primary traction devices that you can apply to horseshoes: [more]