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Filling Your Shoeing Box For The First Time


Pictured Above: There are a number of tools that will make your job easier; however, not all of them are necessary to get the job done. Choose wisely to keep costs low.

Farrier Takeaways

  • The tools that you need will be determined by the types of horses that you’ll be working on.
  • Eliminate your mistakes first before buying high-quality tools. New farriers often wear them out quicker.
  • Acquire tools that properly fit your hands to avoid repetitive injuries such as tendonitis.

What equipment do you really need to start earning a living as a farrier? Three highly successful farriers with insight into the tool industry offer their thoughts.

If you’ve learned fundamental hoof-care techniques, you’ve already made the most important acquisition, according to Dan Bradley.

“Knowledge and education are the first tools for a farrier,” says Bradley, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and a representative for GE Forge & Tool of Grover Beach, Calif.

As for hardware, Bradley says, “To go out and shoe a horse, you basically just need an anvil, a rounding hammer, a knife, a nipper or some kind of cutting tool, some nails and a driving hammer. That’s about it.”

But he also recommends a forge, fire tongs and flooring tools such as rasps and pull-offs.

“That’s what new farriers need,” he says. “They don’t need grinders and all the toys to start out with.”

Donald Jones, another member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and the long-time owner of NC…

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Ron Perszewski

Ron Perszewski is a freelance writer and former associate editor of Ameri­can Farriers Journal.

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