In this video, Shelbyville, Kentucky, farrier Pat Broadus shows a traditional way of making a bar shoe for a racehorse using a swedge/swage block. He also talks about the shoe and some history of farriers working racetracks. Broadus, the son of farrier Sonny Broadus, made this demonstration to show the craftsmanship of forging shoes that was preserved by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred farriers. This was a common way of making a horseshoe for a racehorse that needed help for a variety of issues related to the heels, like navicular pain. Pat Broadus primarily works with Thoroughbreds in his farrier practice.
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