Michael Wildenstein is one of only three people in the world to have passed the distinguished Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers examination in the United Kingdom with an “Honors” designation. He is the former adjunct associate professor of Farrier Medicine and Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
The best way to assess a horse’s conformation is to view it from a variety of perspectives. Looking at a horse in cross-ties will only provide you one angle. At a minimum, watch the horse walk out of the stall toward you. If this is all you do, it’s a positive first step — but you are still missing a lot of information. You will be better served to collect a variety of views of the horse.
Our objective as farriers addressing conformation is to allow that animal to perform to the best of its ability with what it has, and enhance it. The way that we do this is through our attention to detail.
In modern brain research, scientists say it takes 10,000 hours to become really competent to where your hands and your mind are all working together, where you don’t have to think about every move you make.
Horses that have unbalanced hooves, coronary band damage or interference injuries are all susceptible to hoof cracks. Damage to the laminae from abscess tracts will predispose a hoof to crack. Hooves that are not trimmed or shod regularly can crack from the added stress of long hooves. In an adult horse, limb deformities or shoeing to attempt to change a limb deformity aggressively can crack hooves.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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