SHOWTIME!: How Farriers Help Horses Show Their Best

Young woman riding chestnut brown show horse - Showtime

We know in our brains that where equine soundness is concerned, if something’s not broke, we shouldn’t try to fix it. We shouldn’t even look at it. Where horse showing is concerned, however, that saying has a tendency to go out the window as owners and trainers try to get the most out of an … Read moreSHOWTIME!: How Farriers Help Horses Show Their Best

Winter is Coming: Get Your Horse’s Hooves Through It

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You winterize your house, your truck, yourself. Your horse pretty much takes care of winterizing himself, either by growing 4 inches of thick hair that makes it impossible to ride even a small trot without him sweating through it all and needing a four hour long cool down, or by not growing a coat at … Read moreWinter is Coming: Get Your Horse’s Hooves Through It

Shoeing for Different Disciplines

White horse barrel racing while being ridden by young man - Shoeing for different disciplines

Chances are in your work, you come across clients who want their horses shod for a certain discipline. Especially if you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to get a handle on all the different quirks and problems each discipline presents, and to figure out how much you should change your style to suit … Read moreShoeing for Different Disciplines

Horseshoers, farriers and blacksmiths: What’s the difference?

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Updated: Sept. 15, 2019 My horse sprung a shoe—do I call the farrier? The blacksmith? The local horseshoer? Do they do different things or just go by different names? Like most things, the difference is in the details.  Here’s what the terms really mean. In the Oxford English Dictionary, a “horse-shoer” is: One who makes horseshoes, or … Read moreHorseshoers, farriers and blacksmiths: What’s the difference?

Conformation and hoof health: How faults affect feet

Horse hoof and nose next to human's boot - Conformation and hoof health

A few aspects of conformation particularly impact the horse’s feet. One of the most important is straightness. On a horse with perfect conformation (you know the ones – you see them in textbooks, but they’re usually drawn in rather than photographed because they’re so hard to come by), you could draw a straight line from the … Read moreConformation and hoof health: How faults affect feet

How to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of a 2 part article series. Read part 1 here. A winning game plan One of the things that determine success is how far and how well we plan ahead. Most farriers are good at planning for the technical aspect of trimming and shoeing a horse and, by the same token, they may … Read moreHow to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

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