Items Tagged with 'Hoof Balance'


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Horseshoeing’s Engineering Puzzle Charms Finger Lakes Farrier

Kirk Smith enjoys the challenge of balancing the horse’s system of levers and pulleys

Horses have been a staple in Kirk Smith’s life long before he started shoeing horses in Freeville, N.Y.

He always had horses while growing up in the small farming town of Clark in northeastern South Dakota. He cut his teeth working cattle part-time as a high school student and later during his summer breaks while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Along the way, he broke and trained horses.

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2012 AAPF Hoofcare Essentials Clinic

[Video] Thrush Impact on Hoof Balance

American Farriers Journal Editor/Publisher Frank Lessiter met up with AAPF V.P. Dave Farley (Coshocton, Ohio) at the 2012 AAPF Hoofcare Essentials Clinic to discuss differences in heel height, and how thrush is a factor in hoof balance.
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A Question of Balance: A Hoof-Care Constant

Advice on this important topic, drawn from the AFJ archives
There may be no topic in hoof care that draws more interest — and causes more controversy that that of hoof balance. Here are a few comments, ideas and theories drawn from the archives of American Farriers Journal.
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Balance: More About The Trim Than The Shoes

Montana vet-farrier has found trimming to conformation is often enough to restore lame horses to soundness
Whenever farriers talk about feet, there's a lot of discussion about hoof balance. For sound, healthy feet, balance is crucial, but the concept of balance is not always understood.
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