No one asks a horse to lift its legs higher or longer than a farrier during the trimming process. This can prove to be difficult for geriatric horses that are arthritic or have other medical conditions that limit their range of motion. Farriers can accommodate these horses, while also maintaining our comfort during trimming.
Among the horses that you regularly tend to, there is probably a segment that doesn’t grow much foot — particularly this time of year. Sending it back to its stall untouched isn’t a choice that you’ll see Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child make.
Many farriers across North America have told American Farriers Journal that this has been one of the worst years for fungal- and bacterial-related problems in the hoof wall. To help keep the invading microbes at bay, one farrier uses an all-natural solution — beeswax.
When farriers approach a horse they’ve never worked with before, they have to be able to develop some sort of communication and a rapport with that horse — a relationship that is mutually beneficial. You want the horse to be at ease with you, and you at ease with it.
Balancing the equine foot is one of the more difficult tasks that farriers face. Before trimming, it’s important to examine the foot and understand how you can influence it, says Steve Foxworth, a Loveland, Colo., farrier.
Watch International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Roy Bloom of Drummond, Wis., as he forges the winning shoe during the Vern Hornquist Memorial Class at the 2019 American Farrier’s Association Convention in Tulsa, Okla. Bloom forged a 10 1/4” x 3/8” x 1” shoe from a 4 1/2” x 5” piece of aluminum bar stock. The toe must be 3/16” and the heel must be 1/2”. It also must fit six #4 city head nails.
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