How to Build a Tool to Secure A Horseshoe on Your Anvil

University of California, Davis farrier demonstrates how a piece of rebar can make fullering an easier task


Thanks to technology and the personal connections that the internet provides, we can share and learn almost anywhere and anytime from peers all around the world.

I have experienced many “why didn’t I think of that” moments from seeing the pictures and videos shared by smart and talented farriers and media producers on social media. One of those projects came from Peter Peers, a Rhodes Minnis, England, farrier. Peers shared pictures of an interesting hold down tool on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

The tool uses a pritchel hole and spring effect to hold down a horseshoe for procedures such as creasing that tend to move the shoe. I work alone, as so many farriers do, so I thought the hold down tool could be a valuable addition to my toolset. I decided to make one for myself, based on the pictures that Peers presented. The following steps demonstrate how I built the hold down tool.

The pritchel hole in my anvil measured 9/16-inch. As luck would have it…

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Shane westman

Shane Westman

Shane Westman, APF-I, is the farrier at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis.

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