You will learn to trim and/or shoe what we refer to as the normal standard straight legged horse.
All students will learn our 6 Steps which you will apply to every horse that you touch and evaluate.
We are very cautious about your safety and horsemanship skills while handling horses. You will concentrate on the overall conformation of the horse and the anatomy of the lower limb and hoof while trimming to remain barefoot and certainly the difference in trimming prior to shoeing.
Shoe shaping, manufacturers and styles such as regular plain what some call “keg” shoes and pre-shaped front and hind factory made shoes. We refer to this as “forge work” using shoes that are plain, heeled, clipped, applying traction to start with. Shaping the shoes on the anvil is referred to as “cold shoeing.” Heating the shoe in the propane or coal forge to shape at the anvil is referred to as “hot shoeing.” When the shoe is shaped correctly, placed back in the forge and set on the hoof wall, this is also referred to hot shoeing, then placed in cold water to cools, then nailed to the hoof. There are many reasons for “hot shoeing” to be discussed. The phrase “corrective shoeing” is anything that modifies the shoe to fit the hoof that is not a perfect size or shape. Nail sizes and styles and choosing good farrier tools, anvils and forges are important. There is a lot more to “forge work” than most students realize so be prepared.