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Construction Gadgets Help Improve Foot Balance

Here are two tools to more effectively evaluate limb balance and improve your trimming work
Dave Farley finds there's always much more to learn about how to trim a foot and nail on a shoe. The Coschocton, Ohio, and Wellington, Fla., farrier says it took him 20 years to fully learn and understand foot balance.
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Plenty of Shoes, Plenty of Considerations

By surveying many available types of horseshoes, Mike Wildenstein reinforces the farrier’s need to analyze several hoof-care considerations
To decide and define what type of shoes to use with horses, farriers must consider several factors. What about the horse's conformation? What's required of the horse? What's its health? What is the rider's ability? And so on.
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What Are Farriers Looking for In Shoeing Rigs?

Manufacturers note trends among shoeing rig purchases and outfitting that indicate how many farriers are approaching more efficient rigs
Ever since the farrier trade evolved from largely a stationary profession to a mobile one, the shoeing rig has become a necessity for most practices. The farrier rig must be equipped with necessary tools and adequate supplies to handle the horses and their needs forecast for that day.
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Stock Up And Take Stock

Use this Shoeing Showcase issue to help you prepare for the busiest months of the hoof-care year

Each April, American Farriers Journal publishes the Shoeing Showcase, our annual Farrier Product & How-To Issue.

 

 


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Using Silicone for Better Hoof Care

Versatile material good for adding support, as a filler and in conjunction with pads.
Construction-grade (DAP) silicone has been used in farrier practices for over 30 years as a filler under pads with good success. At first, the set-up time could take as long as 24 hours and required some type of damming system like tape or putty to keep the silicone from leaking out the back side of the hoof and leaving a sticky mess. Now, with the new silicone materials, set-up time is 4 to 10 minutes and the development of putty-type materials allows a faster, much cleaner and more precise job.
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Hoof Pads 101

Not sure when to use pads in your practice? Here’s an introduction to what’s available and basic information for using each style
It seems that every few months a new pad is introduced to the equine market. For inexperienced farriers, the overwhelming options can create confusion, which discourages pad usage in a practice. Understanding what's available in pads and how they are used will help determine the appropriate pad for the intended use.
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