The Importance of Hoof Care
Shoeing for Traction on Hard Slick Surfaces
The fall season brings on those wagon train rides all over the south. Riders and pulling horses and mules will be walking on pavement. Many are required to have borium or Drill Tech on the bottom of the shoes to provide traction on hard slick surfaces to prevent slipping and sliding. The shoe must be fit to the hoof before welding the drill tech on using the forge. This is where fitting the shoe to the hoof comes into play in a very important way. If your farrier or you insist on purchasing shoes with drill tech already applied and expect the farrier to nail the shoe on without shaping the shoe correctly, then you asking for a poor shoeing job and rasping off hoof wall to fit a shoe that may not even be the right size! Yes, there are shoes sold this way by certain retailers but it does not make it correct. It takes more time and money to do it correctly.
And….if your horse is not going to stand quietly…the job gets harder. Owners, work with your horses legs and hooves more often and you will achieve a more harmonious outcome.
Drill Tech is a gritty product used on drill bits out in the oil fields. Pieces are applied by heat using a propane or coal forge or with a torch AFTER the shoe is shaped to fit the hoof. Then cooled off and nailed on.
It melts and is applied in three spots, one at the toe and one on each heel
Side view showing the shoe never touches the ground; this shoe was removed after 6 weeks of riding. This shoe also has pulled clips to prevent the shoe from sliding back from the toe when pulling up and down hilly terrain.
A farrier who can talk out the problem areas with you is the best teacher you can find when it comes to healthy hooves in trimming, nutrition, shoeing, etc.
More information for owners is in our DVD, “The Grammar School of Trimming and Shoeing Horses” which we offer our customers at the Farriers’ National Research Center and Horseshoeing School and clinics for owners and horsemanship.