Advice On Shoeing Performance Horses
The critical keys to keeping any horse shod correctly and sound.
Important Facts Every Horseman Should Know.
I firmly believe that most navicular disease and a lot of body soreness and lameness, is actually caused by incorrect shoeing.
I see way too many horses shod by people who either don’t know how to
shoe or don’t care.
This includes some horse shoers that have been shoeing for 20 years. Just because a guy has been shoeing a long time doesn’t mean he’s been doing it right.
What I wrote above is true… and the same goes for veterinarians who offer shoeing advice. Few vets understand what needs to be done to shoe a horse. Especially a horse with foot problems.
If I have a horse with a foot problem, I will usually go with my farrier’s advice instead of the vet’s advice.
Also, I would prefer my farrier and my vet to be active in some type of equine competition. Competition is the testing ground of what works and what doesn’t.
Think about it… incorrect hoof angle, hoof hitting too high or low on the outside wall, shoe too small, shoe shaped wrong, hoof too narrow, toe too far out in front of the leg.
All these things have the potential to sore or cripple your horse.
And not just the feet and legs, but in the back, shoulders, neck, hindquarters, almost anywhere.
And to tell you the truth, I’ve seen lame horses all of a sudden go sound after being shod several times by a fairier who knew what he was doing.
And I’m not talking about some kind of fancy orthopedic shoe job. I mean the lame horse was shod normal, correct angles etc. and within a few weeks the horse was sound.
A miracle? Not really. I’ve seen it happen a lot.
So, if a good shoe job is so critical to your horse’s health and performance, don’t you think it would be a good idea to know how to recognize one? If you answered yes, then I applaud you. For you are a true horseman.
Here’s the bottom line…
Many performance and soreness problems are caused by an incorrect shoe job. This videos shows you how to recognize the problems and correct them.
Running time: Approx. 40 minute DVD