15 Tips When Working With Aluminum

Dear Hoof-Care Professional,

Working aluminum shoes can be difficult when heating or moving your stock creates problems rather than pliable material. Oftentimes the aluminum is too hot, not hot enough, unevenly heated, sticks to your pritchel or has wobbly nail holes.

So what do you do when your aluminum isn’t making proper shoes? We’ve compiled a checklist of the dos and don’ts for farriers who find that aluminum is overly inconvenient for shoes. Use this the next time you work with aluminum to improve your technique and produce better fitting shoes. Every skill level varies, but this checklist serves as a great starting point and educational tool.

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Yours for better hoof care,

Jeff Cota

Managing Editor

American Farriers Journal