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Horseshoeing tools seem simple enough, but they withstand a lot of wear and tear during years of use. Dan Bradley believes investing in high-quality tools and properly maintaining them, will cost a farrier less in the long run than buying cheaper tools.
When Dan Bradley discusses farrier tool maintenance, the numbers just keep piling up. And the farrier from Lucedale, Miss., and longtime clinician with G.E. Forge & Tool, says those numbers don’t lie. Your tools are taking a beating, he told farriers during the 2011 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bradley bases his estimates on a full-time farrier who shoes five horses a day, 5 days a week and shoes 50 weeks in a year.
What’s going on with your tools if you fall into that category? Well over a 3-year period, with your riveted tools, you will:
Your striking tools will take even more of a pounding. Once again, while shoeing five horses a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, for a 3-year period, you will:
Hammer blows will be falling on horseshoes, punches, pritchels, bar stock and more. Your anvil will be absorbing some of the force of those blows, as will your stall jack if…