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Heat Steel, Add Flux, Blend

Following a simple recipe will help you master forge welding
We have tackled forge welding before, but we wanted to do another article on this important skill for some of the novice shoers, as well as offering a fresh look at it for the more experienced hands.
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Clipping Criterion

Some dos and don'ts on using clips
Pulling and correctly using clips are essential skills for the modern farrier who wishes to be among the best.
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Rocker Toes Ease Breakover And Maintain Support

This modification may also add life to your shoes
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.
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Welding Aluminum In A Coke Fire

There are subtle differences when using this type of fuel

While there aren't a lot of farriers who still haul around a coke-fueled forge in their rigs, they are still found in a lot of farrier shops.

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Overcoming Your Fears Of Aluminum

Care is needed in working this light and highly useful metal
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.
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Firing Up The Forge

Building and maintaining coal and coke fires
Learning this skill was tough. I read every text I could find on the subject, but nothing spelled it out in a way I could get my mind around.
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Perfecting The Useful Art Of Hammer Clinching

There are still instances when using this technique works better than the best clinchers
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.
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Delmarva Farrier Association Clinic

Abner Hershberger's
947 Apple Grove School Rd.
Camden-Wyoming, DE
United States
Contact: David Crockett and Abner Hershberger
Delmarva Farrier Association is hosting a clinic in Camden Wyoming, Del. Read More

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