gaited horseshoe dimensions – Sponsored by VICTORY

Gaited Toe Weight Shoe Tests Skill, Delivers Practicality

Assess and improve on your forging skills in the 2022 International Hoof-Care Summit Mail-In by making this gaited horseshoe

For the 2022 Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, I wanted to try something we haven’t used in this contest before. It is a practical shoe that uses a jump weld.  

I like this toe weight shoe because it is a good measurement for your self-evaluation. There are many solid, basic forging elements in it so there are no “cheats.” This is a straightforward challenge because it will gauge your understanding of feet and anatomy.

I hope this will encourage farriers who work with these horses to send in a shoe. I made a few of these shoes and appreciate the help of the gaited horse farriers who gave me advice. I wanted not only to create a challenge, but make a good shoe that matches the expectations of these farriers.

This is the eighth annual Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise. Thank you to VICTORY for sponsoring this challenge again. You can watch a video of making this shoe at AmericanFarriers.com/Summitshoe. We’ll place the top finishers at the Summit. 

You’ll improve your skills and earn a free T-shirt just for entering. You may win the buckle. But remember, it isn’t about winning — it is about the journey. Good luck!  

THE JUDGING CRITERIA

The steps for the shoe are guidelines to give you a starting point, In terms of the judging criteria, I prioritize it as such:

  • Elements. I will first look to make sure you place all of the elements of the shoe.
  • Size. Matching the size is the next…
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Craig trnka

Craig Trnka

Craig Trnka, CJF, is the founder of the World Championship Blacksmiths, a past president of the American Farrier’s Association and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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