A: I use a Dremel tool with a cut off blade to knurl the head of my driving hammer. This helps prevent me from bending nails. I only have one good eye and without the knurled head, I’ll bend too many nails.
Q: I’d like some advice regarding tool use and maintenance that will provide the most “bang for the buck.” In other words, what will pay off the most, both in cost savings, as well as wear and tear on my body?
The slogan “safety is everybody’s business” is a common one, but if you’re the business owner, you can also add “the buck stops here” when it comes to shoeing rig safety. If you’re not paying attention to it, who is?
Among many other factors, it's clear that careful maintenance of racetrack surfaces is critical. A recent white paper analyzing the composition, performance and safety of racing surfaces (1) contains critical concepts for farriers regarding the interaction between the hoof and the ground at each phase of the footfall and the role of the farrier in influencing that interaction.
While rasps are not cheap, stretching the life of these valuable tools is certainly possible if you put some extra effort into their care. This means being able to handle more horses with each rasp and saving dollars.
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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