Trimming pony feet is one of the hardest things for me as a farrier. A pony’s stature and uncertain attitude makes the work difficult. We’re both in a very uncomfortable and awkward position. Trimming the off-front leg agitates most ponies and usually starts a fight.
When a foot is routinely trimmed too close at the toe each time the horse is shod, my research has shown that P3 seems to settle and the horse can be “off” for a few days. It is my belief that the sole ridge (callus) plays a major role in supporting P3.
The High Plains Farrier Association will conduct a horseshoeing demonstration and roundtable discussions Jan. 31, 2023, at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, S.D. Jake Stonefield, CJF; Allan Voeller, CJF, APF-I; Amanda Marohl; and Mark Jakopak will be among the farriers conducting demonstrations.
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