Trimming

Learn valuable how-to tips, advice and techniques from farriers around the world on how they trim their clients’ horses.

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Farrier Tips

Remember, it's Not the Horse’s Idea

Three decades ago, Hall of Fame farrier Dave Duckett offered Jim Quick some sage advice. “He told me, ‘When you walk up to a horse with an idea in your mind, remember that it’s your idea, not the horse’s,’” recalls the Niwot, Colo., farrier. “Looking back, I think I wrecked horses’ feet for years, and I don’t like it.”
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Farrier Q&A

What horses do you typically provide hoof-care for and what percentage has high-low hooves? How do you manage high-low on these horses?

I provide hoof care to Thoroughbreds, hacks, show jumper, dressage and 3-day eventer horses. About 12% had high-low hooves — here in Australia we call it “grass hoof.” It’s caused by the horse continually only putting one foot forward to feed.
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Your Number 1 Job: Balance the Horse

Forget the bells and whistles and concentrate on trimming the foot appropriately
When scrolling through his social media timeline, Jim Quick can’t help but notice the increasing reliance on gadgets and gimmicks in hoof care. The result is farriers are unnecessarily complicating horseshoeing and straying from their most important job — balancing the horse.
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Challenging Common Shoeing Beliefs

Scientific investigation on shoe placement and other topics of farriery continue to affect widely-held theories
Shoeing horses has often been termed a “necessary evil.” Certainly, it is not natural, but neither is the domesticated life most horses must endure. Domestication results in a separation of the horse from the natural environment and lifestyle which directed its evolution.
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Strategies to Manage Thin-Soled Horses

Thin soles can occur for a number of reasons, but a good management plan can help these horses remain active and comfortable
Thin-soled horses can be a challenge. Thin soles chronically plague some horses, likely an inherited trait, while others can experience an acute case as the result of the environment, a recent trimming or as a side effect of another foot pathology, such as laminitis.
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Sport Horse Presents Tough, Unresolved Case

Presented with a horse not responding to hoof-care, farrier Stuart Muir tries different footcare strategies to achieve soundness
As farriers, when we are managing therapeutic cases, we like to see our work benefit the horse so that it can return to the same capacity that it was previously working in. Of course, that isn’t always the case and despite our best efforts, many horses won’t return to their previous levels of performance — or at all.
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The Pros and Cons of Top Dressing the Foot

Farriers discuss the benefits, potential problems and value
Farriers agree on the definition of top dressing as the practice of rasping the top side of the hoof to remove any flares or other distortions before shaping the shoe and putting it on. Not all agree, though, that it’s the right thing to do.
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Wisconsin Equine Clinic

Lexington, Ky., farrier Bobby Menker discusses everyday performance horse shoeing during a hoof-care clinic at Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis.

2016 International Hoof-Care Summit

Take a sneak peek into a sampling of what 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees experienced at our 13th annual event.

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Crossroads Farrier Supply Clinic

4/8/19
Crossroads Farrier Supply
67 Rollins Ln
Louisa, VA
United States
Contact: Anita Leckie
Crossroads Farrier Supply is hosting a clinic in Louisa. Read More

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Colorado Classic Horseshoeing Contest and Clinic

7/26/19
210 11th St
Kremmling, CO
United States
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