Don’t Limit Your Hoof-Care Options

Hall Of Fame farrier Danvers Child wants as many tools at his disposal as possible to benefit the horse.

There never can be too many tools in a farrier’s shoeing box. After all, the immeasurable quantity of variables involved in equine hoof care is staggering. Why limit yourself?

In a trade that has a tendency to pigeonhole its colleagues, Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child wants no part in that practice. In fact, after nearly 50 years of shoeing, the 2018 International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame inductee strives to keep all of his options open to keep his clients’ horses sound and performing at a high level.

“You hear people say, ‘Well, he’s a Natural Balance shoer or he’s a hammerhead or he’s this or that,’” Child says. “You can simplify that by saying that we have people who fit shoes and people who place shoes. The people who fit shoes are fitting to the perimeter of the capsule and they tend to build a lot of mechanics into the shoe. The other tends to map and place, so they position or place the shoe. I try to blend both of those and do a combination.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Pay attention to yellowish tint in hoof trimmings. It’s an indication of serum leakage, a sign of chronic long-term bruising.
  • Clients need to be coached into understanding that founder and laminitic cases are long-term endeavors. Patience is necessary to allow these horses time to heal.
  • It’s important to address distortion in feet that aren’t seeing much growth. This is an opportunity to finesse and gain on the foot to improve the foot’s…
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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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