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TITANIUM HORSESHOES

For the past five years I have been trialling a revolutionary new horseshoe. Testing has been on selected horses in ...
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SUPERSIZE

When I was a small boy, everything was large. Our house was large, my parents were large, especially my father, ...
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DO YOU REALLY SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT?

When we alter the ground bearing shape of the hoof contrary to the shape of the normal coronary band, for ...
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THE CHANGING HOOF

I had a call from a client tonight. I have only recently taken over her horses, and when I did ...
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SHOEING WITHOUT VIOLENCE

As a farrier and also as a teacher of farriery I teach, I preach and I practise shoeing without violence ...
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SHOEING THE CROOKED LEGGED HORSE

The horse with a deviated pastern or cannon bone is a crooked legged horse. As part of the initial assessment, ...
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SQUARE TOED SHOES PROMOTE PROBLEMS

A recent incident resulted in this article. The complaint from the owner was that the horse had become very unstable ...
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THE PROS AND CONS OF HOT SHOEING

The old-timers go misty eyed when they recall the sight and the smell of the local blacksmith fitting hot shoes ...
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CLENCHING FOR RELIABILITY IN SHOEING

As a young jackeroo working on a station in very rugged country, I learned that if my horse lost a ...
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GRADUATED SHOES

In performance horseshoeing, with racehorses in particular, I have noticed lately that there seems to be an ongoing problem of ...
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A DISCUSSION ON REMEDIAL AND ORTHOPEDIC SHOES

A very common phrase which is also very appropriate is ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ – this is known as the ...
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SELECTING THE CORRECT SHOES TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

It seems to happen all too often that an owner asks me for help with a problem that the horse ...
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WHY ARE SOME HORSES SENSITIVE TO NAILING?

Some farriers often find that horses become a bit haunted around the feet when it comes to nailing the shoe ...
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WHERE SHOULD YOU NAIL A SHOE?

QUESTION: What is wrong with these photos? And why is this nail pattern wrong? ANSWER: The nails are in the ...
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HOW HEAVY IS A SHOE MEANT TO BE?

Recently I was asked to assess a group of about 30 large, ridden horses who were all displaying ‘inexplicable’ lameness ...
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HEAVY SHOES VERSUS LIGHT SHOES

The horse world must be the only industry where despite all of our modern technology, we appear to be going ...
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WHAT IS BREAKOVER MANAGEMENT?

BREAKOVER refers to that moment when the coronary band at the front of the hoof is perpendicular to the ground ...
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TO SHOE OR NOT TO SHOE

The recent Equitana Asia Pacific 2003 Expo in Melbourne was certainly an experience for me as an educator. The obvious ...
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FOR THE WANT OF A CLINCH

‘for the want of a clinch the nail was lost, for the want of a nail the shoe was lost, ...
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WHEN SHOULD MY HORSE BE RESHOD

The question is often asked - When should my horse be reshod? A simple enough request, and the standard answer ...
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