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Considerations For Using Alternative Materials For Managing Leverage

The thought process for addressing leverage concerns with modern materials requires gathering information and not limiting imagination
As farriers, we know that when making shoeing choices for the horse, man­aging leverage — adding or subtracting leverage biomechanically — is part of that decision making process. We have many appliance options available to achieve our goals.
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Farrier Q&A: May/June 2016

What are your criteria for selecting a pad to put on a horse? What type of pad and why?
A: The first question I ask is “Why?” Why affix a pad to the horse’s hoof? Is it necessary? What is my objective? Is it beneficial to the horse during the shoeing cycle? Will it aid in protection and relief? Is it needed for environmental reasons, such as rocky terrain? Or is there a therapeutic need for it — sole protection, pathology, ligament/tendon issues?
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Martin D. Kenny
A Farrier's Viewpoint

Geometry or Physics?

When it comes to shoeing, which do you use?

I’ve been at this a long time (35 years) and have only truly understood the hoof (as all farriers should) in the past few years. At first, it was disturbing to come to the realization that after all those years thinking I knew what I was doing, that I really had no idea at all.


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Pickin' Shoes

Let circumstances dictate your choice of titanium, steel, plastic, rubber and aluminum horseshoes
For hundreds of years, nothing but steel shoes were effectively used on millions of horses. Later, aluminum and rubber shoes came along and then came development of plastic, composite and titanium shoes in recent times.
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