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Chalklines Help Determine Trim

See how the golden ratio helps farrier Steve Kraus of Cornell University teach students how to develop their eye for trimming
How do you assess the horse before you trim it? How are you evaluating your work while with the horse? Are you spending time with each horse to do this? There are many different ways to assess the horse and check our work with it. The key is to dedicate the time to do this and to have a standard.
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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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Common Mediolateral Metrics of the Equine Fore Foot Following the Use of a Standardized Trimming Technique

Border asymmetry in hooves seems influenced by conformation, shifts in loading
Mediolateral foot imbalance has been cited as a prolific cause of, or a predisposing factor for equine lameness (Stashak 1987; Balch et al. 1995; Wilson et al. 1998). Wilson et al. (1998) demonstrated that the elevation of one area of the equine foot results in an increased load in the region. They conclude a horse is unable to compensate for acute foot imbalance by redistributing the load under the foot.
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Achieving Balance Through Trims

Developing a thorough knowledge of anatomy, load-bearing and trimming techniques helps achieve critical balance goals
For the majority of the first half of my shoeing career, I educated clients — and farriers — about conformation and the proper way to balance a foot.
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