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Shoeing Tips from the Winter 2019 Anvil Brand Clinic

Farrier Hank Chisolm and equine veterinarian and farrier Brian Beasley share tips on shoeing for soundness and using adhesives, respectively


Pictured Above: Dr. Brian Beasley says to use your fingers to make sure the glue is completely spread across a cuff in an indirect glue application.

Farriers all have differences in how they approach their work. Get a group of farriers together and this is evident down to the most subtle detail. At the mid-February Anvil Brand clinic, two farriers — one also being a veterinarian — presented different perspectives on footcare while working on the
same horse.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Foot and appliance preparation is usually where failures occur in a glue-on process.
  • Have all of your materials ready before you begin your direct and indirect adhesive application.
  • Keep focus on your movements and tool use when trimming.
  • Ease the shoe on toe first when hot fitting rather than approaching it straight on to avoid over-burning the foot.

Hank Chisholm gave a direct presentation on how he manages the hind feet. Based in Lucedale, Miss., he has been shoeing since 1986 and is an American Farrier’s Association (AFA) certified journeyman farrier (CJF). Brian Beasley is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Georgia, but also is an AFA CJF. He studied veterinary medicine at the nearby University of Illinois.

The circumstances of their practices led to the differing practices, but both delivered practical information for the clinic attendees, regardless of the type of work or horses on their books.

Advice on Direct and Indirect Glue-On Shoes

Beasley demonstrated gluing shoes on the fore feet. Although a significant portion of…

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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