More than 100 years ago, Ohio farrier William Russell wrote the nearly 400-page book entitled “Scientific Horseshoeing.” Over the years, it has become one of the most respected historical books in the farrier field.

With over 600 illustrations, it zeroes in on “Leveling and Balancing the Action and Gait of Horses,” along with ideas on “Remedying and Curing Different Diseases of the Foot.”

For farriers who have read this book, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you think of the content and the impact it has had on the American farrier.

If you’ve read the book, please take a few minutes and share your thoughts and ideas with me. You can comment below or send me an email (

Many thanks.

Yours for better hoof-care,
Frank Lessiter