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Shoe Modifications

Clip Considerations

Drawing clips in manufactured shoes remains popular among many farriers despite access to pre-clipped shoes
Within footcare, there are plenty of subjects that inspire debate. Handmade vs. manufactured shoes is one such subject. I think there is a happy medium within this debate that is manifested in a farrier who can find value and benefits in using manufactured shoes. This farrier, who also is skilled in the fire, can build a shoe and modify an existing shoe for specific needs and correctly apply either shoe to a horse.
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Think the Situation Through Before You Pick a Therapeutic Shoe

Mechanics, cause and effect and a proper trim and fit are all aspects of the successful shoeing package
There are many shoes used by farriers in therapeutic work and not all of them are specifically designed to treat an injury. Rather than simply reaching for a heart bar shoe for a laminitis case, or a straight bar shoe for palmar heel pain, it’s important to first think about what you want the shoe to do and why.
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For Therapeutic Work, Farriers Need to Develop More Than Just Shoeing Skills

Ability to work as part of a team, think through problems and an understanding of anatomy and mechanics are vital
Your first career therapeutic shoeing situation is likely to be a surprise. You're called in to tack on a "lost shoe," and discover that the shoe has taken a pretty big chunk of the hoof with it. Or you discover a horse doesn't want to bear weight on a front foot. The owner - who is new to the horse world - can't understand it. The horse seemed happy enough when it was chowing down on all that lush green grass in the pasture a few days earlier.
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Hoof-Care Email Q&A

The most important accessory is the forge. I have a Forgemaster with the stack. I’d like to have multiple storage options for bar stock since 80% of the horses I shoe are put into handmade, concave shoes.
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Farrier Innovation

Glue-ons and Foals: Two Alternatives From Simple Materials

Methods allow customized fits in special situations.
Attaching shoes to the feet of foals is often a daunting task. The very reasons for shoeing often require extensions that are difficult to maintain on any age horse, while the complication of a foal's long limbs, lack of training and limited hoof capsule for attachment can make for an extremely trying experience.
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