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Learn How To Forge A “Hall Of Fame” Heel

California farrier John Williams offers tips and insights for creating the clean and versatile Bob Marshall-style heel check
Forging a heel check for many farriers is old hat. It’s such a part of the routine that sometimes not a lot of thought is invested into it. There’s another style of heel check, though, that Sacramento, Calif., farrier John Williams prefers when forging horseshoes.
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Online Extras: December 2016 Issue

Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

  • Videos with Steve Norman discussing Thoroughbred racehorse shoeing
  • Best hoof-care tips of 2016
  • Insight from Dave Duckett
  • Video of forging techniques with John Williams
  • Dave Farley recollects his farriery career

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Body Position Is Critical To Better Forging

Consistent stance and arm control will improve your accuracy and efficiency at the anvil
Attention is often paid to forging temperatures, hammer blows and anvils, and rightly so. There are other aspects of forging that are equally important, yet don’t get as much consideration. “A lot of people have problems because they’re just all over the place,” Sacramento, Calif., farrier John Williams told attendees at a late summer forging clinic at The Horseshoe Barn. “They’re just spread out all over their anvil. They throw their stock up there, any old place, and then they just take their hammer to the stock.”
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