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When I was asked to write an article about pulling shoes, I thought it sounded fairly simple. I thought I would hammer it out in a couple of days, throw in a couple of pictures, and there you would have it.
Well, it turns out that there is more to pulling a shoe than I thought. Hopefully this article can make pulling a shoe easier for those that are learning, and easier to teach for those that are helping the up and coming stars of our industry.
My preferred method of pulling a shoe involves leading up a horse, and having my son, Cody, or one of our students pull the shoes while I get to work on another horse. However, I have done my time in the trenches, and have a technique that I like to use and teach for pulling a shoe.
I don’t always cut or rasp off my clinches. If the foot is strong, and the shoeing schedule is being maintained, I have found that you can pull a shoe without causing any damage, and without cutting the clinches. To get away with this, you have to have a really good method for pulling a shoe that consistently allows you to get the shoe off without injuring the foot it is nailed to.
Here, my wife, Kelly, is pulling a shoe using our most common method. Begin by placing the pulloffs behind the heel nail on one side of the shoe and closing…