Toe the Lines

March 2021

Traction At The Anvil

Traction is integral for many horses to do their jobs effectively and efficiently, but what about the farriers who are working on these shoes?

Toe grabs have a long, controversial history in the racing world. Trainers advocated their use to improve traction and speed. Extensive research by Dr. Sue Stover, a Hall of Fame veterinarian at the University of California, Davis, found that the risk of fatal musculoskeletal injuries was higher with toe grabs than with a Queen’s Plate. 

Antique Toe Grab Anvil Hardies and Horshoes

While toe grab height was shortened more than a decade ago, farriers needed a multi-tool while working on these shoes. Verbank, N.Y., farrier Buzzy Clina has a bottom set in his collection that is designed to fit in an anvil’s hardie hole for working with different sized toe grabs.

If you have more information about this tool, please share it


Thanks to Buzzy Clina of Verbank, N.Y., for sharing this!             


Do you have a shoe or tool you would like to share or want more information about? Submit a photo of the item, as well as its history and how it was used to Kristen Kubisiak at

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