Heard 'Round The Anvil

Check out these 30 shoeing tips and tricks picked up from farriers and equine veterinarians at clinics and conferences

1. To forge a bar in an aluminum bar shoe, start with a keg shoe that’s two sizes larger than what you need.

—Bob Schantz, Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop, Foristell, Mo.

2. When you lap the aluminum for a bar shoe, leave at least twice the thickness of what you want to end up with.

—Bob Schantz

3. To get the gap tight on a forged aluminum bar shoe, hit your hammer on the bottom side of the shoe.

—Bob Schantz

4. When it’s a judgement call on how much to trim off a hoof, the farrier should decide rather than the vet.

—Gayle Trotter, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

5. Since there is practically a new set of horse owners every 5 years, continuing education is critical for both farriers and veterinarians.

—Harold Hintz, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

6. Mark the shoes for mismatched feet so you know where each shoe goes.

—Dick Becker, Lapeer, Mich.

7. With a horse with white line disease that has been debrided, add clay and medicated material to the damaged tissue areas and cover with Equilox.

—Stephen O’Grady, DVM, The Plains, Va.

8. When treating white line disease, there doesn’t appear to be any benefit to hot seating or hot shoeing the foot.

—Tracy Turner, DVM, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

9. The amount of white line disease found in horses that aren’t bathed regularly doesn’t appear any different than with constantly bathed Thoroughbreds.

—Myron McLane, Somerset, Mass.

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