American Farriers Journal
American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
When experienced farriers check the wear on horseshoes they’ve just removed from a horse, it isn’t just to see whether they can reset them. They’re also looking for valuable information.
Four veteran farriers took time to share some of what they’ve gleaned from studying the wear patterns on horseshoes over their careers. They include:
All four of these hoof-care professionals agree shoe wear can tell you a lot, so long as you learn what to look for.
“Excessive shoe wear or a change in how a horse wears its shoes is a red flag in all disciplines with performance horses,” says Stanley. “Any time a horse starts wearing its shoes differently, you’d better start looking. Most uneven shoe wear is…