David Hall recently needed a hind heart bar shoe to help manage a medial quarter crack. The Gloucester, England, farrier didn’t have one readily available, though.

“It’s a job to find hind heart bars,” he says. “They are expensive and so are the inserts.”

Hall improvised by deciding on a heart transplant.

“I cut out the heart of an old shoe that has done its job,” he explains, “and I welded it into a new hind and saved some money.”

For tips on using inserts, read Marc Jerram’s article, “Using Weld Inserts For Corrective Farriery Purposes,” in the July/August 2016 issue of American Farriers Journal.

Do you have helpful tip for repurposing tools or shoes? Share them in the comments section below or email them to Jeff Cota at jcota@lessitermedia.com.