Rocker toes are an excellent way to change the breakover of the foot. With a rocker toe, you can move the breakover back while still supporting the dorsal hoof wall. This is one advantage that a rocker toe has over a square toe.
When it comes to aluminum, a lot of farriers would prefer leaving the making of a horseshoe to the manufacturer. But there are ways to help simplify working aluminum bar stock into a good, useable shoe.
Hammer clinching is not as popular as using clinchers among modern farriers. One reason is that it can be a little difficult to learn. Another downside is that some horses do not stand as well for hammer clinching as they do when clinchers are used.
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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