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With two major contests — the World Horseshoeing Classic and the National Forging and Horseshoeing Competition — wrapped up, and the World Championship Blacksmiths about to kick off its 2019 slate, farriers are gearing up for another contest season.
Chris and Cody Gregory of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., shared some tips at the 2018 Colorado Classic in Kremmling, Colo., that will help improve your skills at the anvil and the horse. You’ll find that many of them also can be applied to your everyday work.
The father-son team demonstrated their tips while trimming and shoeing a gelding’s front feet.
Chris begins by evaluating the right front leg, which is a little fetlock varus and the lateral toe quarter has broken away. The horse also has a history of suspensory ligament injuries that required two surgeries.
“Whenever you are competing or involved in certification, if the quarters…