The front driving position — the position used for pulling shoes, trimming feet and nailing on shoes — begins with the simple, yet profound act of picking up one front foot. It’s profound because many farriers start with a front foot, so how we do that initial act often sets the tone for the rest of the shoeing process.
I prefer the stand to be high enough to have the knee higher than the forearm. This position encourages the horse to stand still. It also encourages many horses to stretch when their foot is initially placed upon the stand.
A heart-bar horseshoe is a common solution for when the condition calls for frog support, such as laminitis or quarter cracks. Texas farrier Tommy Boudreau demonstrates his process on a St. Croix Eventer.
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