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A. If clips are too thin, they can break off or bend. When clips are too low, they aren’t of any benefit if used with a pad and may not be much of a benefit even without a pad.
Thick clips are a problem because they would have to be burned too deep into the hoof wall or be left partly in and partly out of the wall.
If a toe clip is not drawn in the center of the toe, it makes the foot look unbalanced (it can also help a crooked foot look straighter, which isn’t going to be good for the horse).
If clips are placed too far back on the foot they restrict expansion, which leads to a completely different set of questions dealing with that problem. You can buy many of today’s keg shoes already clipped. This can save a lot of time (which is money), but you should still be able to draw a nice clip where you want it for the times that the pre-clipped shoes are not what you need.
Properly clipped shoes help take some stress off the nails (possibly allowing you to use fewer and/or smaller nails), especially when using pads. They also help you keep the shoe from shifting when you are nailing it onto the foot and a nice clip just makes the whole job look better.
—Bob Plant, Walworth, N.Y.