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Shoeing for a Living

Horseshoeing’s Engineering Puzzle Charms Finger Lakes Farrier

Kirk Smith enjoys the challenge of balancing the horse’s system of levers and pulleys

Horses have been a staple in Kirk Smith’s life long before he started shoeing horses in Freeville, N.Y.

He always had horses while growing up in the small farming town of Clark in northeastern South Dakota. He cut his teeth working cattle part-time as a high school student and later during his summer breaks while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Along the way, he broke and trained horses.


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Farrier Tips

Understand Why Horses Stumble

Farriers often hear an owner say, “My horse stumbled, so my trainer said to tell you to rocker the toes.” Many trainers and owners believe that a rolled or rocker toe is all that is needed to “correct” stumbling.
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The Shoe On The Other Foot

When a horse suffers critical lameness in a single limb, it is often important to give as much attention to its opposite foot
In February 2011, an 8-year-old Quarter Horse named Andy was trailered from upstate New York to his new home in Georgia
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Hoof Care As Preventative Maintenance

Grant Moon urges farriers to head off problems in advance during final Wagon Mound Ranch Supply shoeing clinic
Grant Moon sees horseshoeing, in part, as a program of preventative maintenance. He told about 75 horseshoers at a clinic at Wagon Mound Ranch Supply in Solano, N.M., that a big part of their job is preventing injuries while maximizing performance.
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Dealing with Club Feet from Foals to Adults

Farrier-veterinarian Hans Castelijns shares some of the methods he’s used to correct and manage mismatched feet
Club and mismatched feet are among the problems farriers face almost daily, so it’s not surprising that one of the most popular educational presenters at the 2009 International Hoof-Care Summit got rave reviews from attendees for sharing how he deals with this problem.
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Farrier Innovations

Look, Ma! No Hammer!

Shoe-bending machines, careful record keeping and keen observation result in a system that’s a big time and energy saver

Just in case you haven’t noticed, shoeing horses is a lot of hard work. If you let it, the job will break you down and wear you out. Being a practical person, I have — from the beginning of my career — sought ways to preserve my body by making the job as easy as possible.


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Studs: Placement Is The Key

They’ll add traction and improve performance — so long as you know where to put them
Most farriers have had experience using studs at some point in their career; be it for winter traction, or for a performance aspect.
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