If you’re in the mood for a spirited discussion, ask a farrier a simple question: What’s your opinion of wedge pads? The odds are pretty good that you’ll find strong feelings about their use.
Some farriers have a sharp aversion to wedge pads for a simple reason — there is a greater probability that horseshoes can be pulled off due to increased length of the shoe and weight of the package. This in turn heightens the likelihood that the foot becomes damaged, making it even more difficult to keep the shoe on. Despite this concern, the use of wedge pads should be considered as one of the effective tools in a farrier’s hoof-care practice.
Other common complaints against wedge pads include:
While all these things are valid concerns in general, they can be dealt with and overcome.
The goal in trimming is to position the coffin bone wings parallel with the ground and 3 to 8 degrees higher than the toe.
Problems most often arise when wedge pads are not properly applied. The biggest mistakes in order of frequency include: