International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Chris Gregory stresses anatomy within his curriculum at the Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. Besides that knowledge of anatomy benefits correctly trimming and shoeing a horse, Gregory says there are two reasons to master the subject.

First, the farrier who can speak correctly about anatomy will better communicate with veterinarians. This communication increases the vet’s confidence in your overall knowledge, and make it more likely for the practitioner to refer footcare work to you.

Also, Gregory says that it will help you when evaluating products at the local supply shop.

“If you understand your equine anatomy, then you look at a product and determine if it doesn’t make sense anatomically, then beware,” he told attendees during the fall clinic at Centaur Forge in Burlington, Wis.

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