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Bob Marshall Emphasizes the Fundamentals of Hoof Care

Hall of Fame Farrier Shares 60 Years of Experience with Forging and Shoeing Tips

Back in 2003, Bob Marshall told American Farriers Journal, “What I constantly see with guys is a need to go over the basics. It’s the same every year. No one has even shown some of them how to hold a hammer.”

Fifteen years later, the Mission, British Columbia, farrier still sees the need to focus on the basics.

“I’m involved in the hunter-jumper world a little bit, and what I see is absolutely disgusting,” Marshall told attendees at the Indiana Farriers’ Association annual fall clinic in early November 2018 at Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, Ind. “Low heels, long toes — and it’s accepted now. I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, that’s the breed of them.’ That’s absolute garbage. It’s because we have gone past and we’re not doing the basics anymore.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • Farriers trim the foot for support, while the shoe protects the hoof
    and provides traction.
  • Proper hammering mechanics will take stress off your elbow and
    increase stamina while forging.
  • A good rhythm has been established when you’re returning the shoe
    to the forge when it’s still red. It means you’re working under the
    appropriate heat and it takes less time to get hot.

The trim is the foundation for keeping the horse sound.

“When you trim the foot appropriately, the whole leg moves — the whole horse changes,” says the member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. “You’ve got to remember that you trim the foot for support. I believe that there are only two…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Managing Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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