Articles Tagged with ''frog support''

A Unique Approach To Frog Support

Rethinking the application of a pad results in a beneficial application for 3-day eventers

Manufacturers of hoof-care products are blessed. Although they often create products with specific intended uses and applications, the farriers they serve will likely come up with innovations on how to improve a product or use it differently.


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2016 How-To Clinic Presentations

Watch the How-To Knowledge Clinics presented by the Educational Partners of the 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit.
Watch the How-To Knowledge Clinics presented by the Educational Partners of the 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit.
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Shoeing for a Living

Horseshoeing’s Engineering Puzzle Charms Finger Lakes Farrier

Kirk Smith enjoys the challenge of balancing the horse’s system of levers and pulleys

Horses have been a staple in Kirk Smith’s life long before he started shoeing horses in Freeville, N.Y.

He always had horses while growing up in the small farming town of Clark in northeastern South Dakota. He cut his teeth working cattle part-time as a high school student and later during his summer breaks while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Along the way, he broke and trained horses.


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Hoof Pads

How regularly do you use hoof pads in your farrier business? How do you use them? Do you have a preference in pad material?
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Using Silicone for Better Hoof Care

Versatile material good for adding support, as a filler and in conjunction with pads.
Construction-grade (DAP) silicone has been used in farrier practices for over 30 years as a filler under pads with good success. At first, the set-up time could take as long as 24 hours and required some type of damming system like tape or putty to keep the silicone from leaking out the back side of the hoof and leaving a sticky mess. Now, with the new silicone materials, set-up time is 4 to 10 minutes and the development of putty-type materials allows a faster, much cleaner and more precise job.
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