Test Your Skill Mail-In Forging Exercise

Build this shoe for a FREE T-shirt and your chance to win a belt buckle

Sponsored by VICTORY, this forging exercise will be tied to the International Hoof-Care Summit. You don’t need to attend to participate — mail in your sidebone shoe to enter this free contest. IHCS attendees can save on the postage and drop off their shoe at the Summit.

This exercise is free to enter and every entrant will receive a free T-shirt. The top finisher will receive a buckle and free registration to the 2021 Summit in Cincinnati. Learn more at


Instructions on building the shoe and entering the exercise are at

Don’t wait, mailed entries from those who don’t attend the IHCS must be received at the AFJ office by Jan. 16, 2020.

Dimensions (measurements): 5 inches at the widest part of the shoe, 5 ¼ inches from the heels to toe, 3 inches to the from the tip of one heel to the other.


The steps for the sidebone shoe are guidelines to give you a starting point, but use your imagination to make it to the specs delivered. Matching these specs is most important. In terms of the judging, the other areas we’ll look at include:

  • How is the nail fit? Are the nail holes center of stock (two on the lateral and three on the medial)?
  • Is the shoe safed off to the medial toe and fullered on the medial?
  • Flat is important, and flatness will factor into the judging, but I will first look at the previously…
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