Should Farriers Avoid Removing the Periople?

Should Farriers Avoid Removing the Periople?

When  asking a farrier about his or her philosophy on any number of hoof-care  tasks — trimming protocol, shoe fit, even shoe or nail choice — the  answers are largely unpredictable because they vary widely. However,  when asking farriers how they regard the periople, they fall into one of  two camps — those who avoid it and those who remove it.

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