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David Hallock begins his trim at the toe so he can put it where he wants it. “If you start at the heel, you might not be able to get your toe down to the same plane that you want to maintain a decent hoof-pastern axis,” he says.

Michigan Farrier Helps Horses Weather the Climate Extremes

David Hallock is up to the challenge of keeping horses going in a brutal wet-dry environment

A horse’s feet often reflect the environment it lives in. Dry, arid climates can leave horses with hooves that the highest-quality nippers cannot withstand. Damp, humid climates result in a sodden, decaying mess. Then there are the feet that farriers in the Midwest, like David Hallock, contend with

The Dansville, Mich., farrier works on horses that live in an environment that endures both extremes — a moist, rainy climate, followed by lengthy dry and arid stretches, only to repeat the cycle several more times.

On this “Shoeing for a Living” Day, Hallock handles plenty of feet that ride the environmental rollercoaster of the Upper Midwest, discusses how he keeps the horses going and offers insights into how he’s educating the farriers of the future.

Center of the Limb

Hallock is joined by Laura Russman, CF, and Samantha Hamm, who had recently completed Hallock’s 24-week farrier program at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. They are continuing their education with hands-on experience and tutelage with Hallock’s 3R Forge & Farrier Services.

They are tending to the horses at Horsescape Farm, a boarding facility in Williamston, Mich., that’s owned and managed by Sue and Jenny Miller. Hallock has been providing hoof care at the farm for about 10 years after the account previously was serviced by the late Gil Reaume, who is the younger brother of International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Bob Reaume.

“When Gil retired, he asked me to do them and one other little laminitic horse,” he says…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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