Category Archives: Advice

Grant Moon – Farrier Focus

Six times holder of the prestigious title of World Champion Blacksmith, Grant Moon AWCF is arguably the most famous farrier. He has shod in no less than 36 different countries and delivers clinics across the world. In our first ‘Farrier … Continue reading

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What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new farrier starting his/her career?

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a new farrier starting his/her career? Share your thoughts in the comments section (below) of this farrier blog or our Facebook page  or Twitter @nzfarriers

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The hoof: Inside and Out (part two)

Inside the hoof Some of the structures inside the hoof are less well known – with the exception of a few which can cause the most lameness problems – but are just as vital for the health of the hoof … Continue reading

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The hoof: Inside and Out (part one)

The hoof: Inside and Out There should be no understating the importance of healthy hooves to the equine. We rely on these four relatively small but vital parts of the horse in order to be able to do just about … Continue reading

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Farrier Seminar New Zealand

Guest Post by Alistair Dalziel AWCF: On the 27th and 28th August 2012, David Hankin provided an awesome opportunity for a pre-service teacher. He invited farriers from the length of New Zealand to practice on how to deliver lessons which … Continue reading

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Will using aluminium shoes improve my horses movement?

Q: I have been told to use aluminium shoes on my show hack, to improve her movement in the ring. is this a good idea, and what are the drawbacks? Pauline, Canterbury A: Hi Pauline. The best approach might be … Continue reading

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Shoes left long at the heel

Question: My farrier generally shoes my horses with the outside back of the shoe much wider than their actual feet. I am concerned that they may be able to stand on their shoes and pull them off. Should I ask … Continue reading

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Shoeing across the world

Guest Post by David J. Barron, CF, APF David Barron is an working farrier certified through the American Farriers Association and the American Association of Professional Farriers in the State of Washington, USA. David grew up on a large coffee … Continue reading

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Fabricating horseshoes using a band-saw

Thanks to David Bartley for this guest post: One way to fabricate nearly any special shoe For any farrier that does an amount of work of the “one off” type, (experimental shoe types in an effort to save a horses … Continue reading

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Sheared heels

Q: I am riding a 16-year-old mare and my farrier says she has sheared heels and needs bar shoes. Please tell me more about this condition, and what the shoes will do to improve it. Mandy, Auckland A: Mandy, sheared … Continue reading

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