Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Toolbox

Pictured Above: There are a number of tools that will make your job easier; however, not all of them are necessary to get the job done. Choose wisely to keep costs low.

What equipment do you really need to start earning a living as a farrier? Three highly successful farriers with insight into the tool industry offer their thoughts.

“Knowledge and education are the first tools for a farrier,” says Dan Bradley, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and a representative for GE Forge & Tool of Grover Beach, Calif.

As for hardware, Bradley says, “To go out and shoe a horse, you basically just need an anvil, a rounding hammer, a knife, a nipper or some kind of cutting tool, some nails and a driving hammer. That’s about it.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • The types of horses that you work on will determine the tools you need.
  • Many tools are desirable but aren’t necessary when budgets are tight.
  • Acquire tools that properly fit your hands to avoid repetitive injuries.

But he also recommends a forge, fire tongs and flooring tools such as rasps and pull-offs.

“That’s what new farriers need,” he says. “They don’t need grinders and all the toys to start out with.”

Donald Jones, another member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and the long-time owner of NC Tool Co. in Pleasant Garden, N.C., offers a similar list for new farriers.

He recommends a hoof knife, nippers, rasp, clincher, driving hammer, rounding hammer, crease nail…

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Ron Perszewski

Ron Perszewski is a freelance writer and former associate editor of Ameri­can Farriers Journal.

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