A beginner’s guide on how to change the shoes of your horse

There’s no doubt that you struggled a little bit when you changed your first tire – but you did it anyway; changing the shoe of your horse is going to be like that as well. But after you make it to the end of this read, that little strugglingwill be resolved.

We’re going to assume that you have the ideal shoes for your horse. Based on that assumption, let us walk through the process of changing the shoe of your horse.

Place the foot on a hoof stand

If the process was a bit equated to changing a tire, this is the stage where you jack the vehicle up. When it comes to your horse, this is when you raise the leg whose shoe you’re going to change and gently place it on a hoof stand. When you do, be sure to admire the animal and acknowledge the corporation – you’re going to need more of it.

Removal of the existing shoes

Once the foot is placed on the stand, cut the nail clinches, and use a hammer to straighten the nail while working the blade under the clinch. When you know it’s time, use a shoe puller, and gently pull the shoe off. This process must be repeated for the heel inside as well.

Cleaning o the hoof bottom

You’d see just how untidy the hoof bottom is now that the old shoe is off. This is the stage where you reach for hoof pickers and hoof knives amongst your inventory of farrier tools. The exterior layer of each sole of the hoof must be cleaned until the softer material appears.

Reshape the hoof to prepare

Following the cleaning comes the stage where you reshape the hoof. This is when you need a pair of nippers to trim the edge of the hoof. After you’re finished reshaping, be sure to use a rasp to smoothen the edges and the surface better.

Fix the slight dissimilarities of the shoe

This is the stage where you keep the shoe and check if it fits perfectly. If it doesn’t, change the shape of the shoe as necessary. In doing so, it’s better to check the size and shape compatibility after each slight alteration.

Nail the shoe

Be sure to use the hoof nails through the hoof wall so that they don’t impale into the inner portion of the hoof. Repeat the process gently and end up removing the nail tips with a hammer leaving out between 1/7th to 1/8th of the nail.

Finish the surface better

Following the clinching of the nails, rasp the shoe surface until evenness is met as much as possible – and you’re done!

Final takeaways

The bottom line is that you’re going to have a well-equipped stable for this job. If you were outsourcing it, it’s going to be a pointless expense. Hence, be sure to have the right items and follow the mentioned steps with great patience and care.


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