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Reiner Farriers Focus on More Than the Slide

Texas farrier offers insight into keeping these equine athletes going


Pictured Above: A shoe should be an extension and a compliment to the foot, not an interruption, Danny Anderson told attendees at the Well-Shod clinic in mid-May.

The slide is the most recognized maneuver in reining, yet there’s much more to the sport than making dirt fly. Keeping that in mind, the farrier must shoe the reiner for all of the maneuvers, all the while playing a pivotal role in keeping the reiner in the show ring.

Reining is demanding of the horse. When these equine athletes compete, they are shown and ridden heavily. In fact, by the time a reiner is 5 or 6 years old, it’s closing in on the end of its career. Collinsville, Texas, farrier Danny Anderson, who has been shoeing for more than 3 decades, is very familiar with the reining world and tends to some of the top athletes in the sport.

“A 5- or 6-year-old horse has been shown hundreds of times by that point,” he told attendees at the mid-May clinic hosted by Well-Shod in Amarillo, Texas. Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center sponsored the event. “Most of the time, those horses are already on a regular regimen of getting their hocks injected every 4 to 6 months.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • A farrier must understand the discipline and consider the whole pattern when shoeing reiners.
  • The toe is important for all athletes, and reiners are no different. The medial toe provides the critical purchase for these athletes to perform.
  • Rather than trimming a reiner’s hoof…
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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Managing Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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