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The lateral view of a rocker trim and shoe. Photo by: Dr. Sammy Pittman

A Guide on Using Rocker Shoes

Texas veterinarian finds success with the rocker trim and shoe

EDITOR’S NOTE: American Farriers Journal inadvertently published an incorrect photo for this article. It was updated July 6, 2023, to include the correct photo. We regret the error.

Sammy Pittman blends his work as a farrier and veterinarian with his knowledge of farrier practices to help horses stay comfortable on the biomechanical level. 

One way that he accomplishes this goal, helps improve life quality and helps horses become sound is by implementing a rocker shoe. This is something that Pittman, owner of Innovative Equine Podiatry and Veterinary Services in Collinsville, Texas, believes every farrier should be able to utilize. 

Although perfecting the rocker trim can take years of experience, Pittman shares tips on his go-to for lameness cases. He provided this insight at the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Perfecting the rocker trim can take years of experience.
  • The goal of the rocker trim is to have a gentle roll from toe to heel, without a lot of sharp curves and edges.
  • When applying a rocker shoe, it is important to keep an open line of communication with the horse owner or agent and to closely follow the progress.

The Trim

First, Pittman uses his hoof knife, standing almost straight up, to remove the crumbly part of the foot until it feels waxy on the wall side. This is his depth gauge. Seeing how much he can take off of the wall side helps him ensure that he does not get too tight underneath the tip of…

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