Horses have been shod for millennia, so this isn’t really breaking news. Modern procedures and materials, as well as the introduction of MRI scanning, have resulted in a significant increase in the amount of information available regarding the internal anatomy of the horse’s foot, which is particularly useful for diagnosing lameness or injury. Furthermore, there are many more alternatives for different sorts of shoeing procedures as well as horseshoes available nowadays.
When a farrier shoes a horse, he first removes the previous shoe and then trims and re-shapes the foot to ensure that it is properly fitted. Horses can be shod either hot or cold, which refers to whether the kerckhaert horseshoes are heated in the forge on site and applied hot, or if it is nailed on cold, depending on the circumstances. Hot shoeing is often considered to be the preferred method since the shoe can be moulded and molded to precisely fit the horse’s foot on the day of the shoeing session.
Numerous different kinds of horseshoes
For the majority of horses with no special difficulties, either in terms of conformation or injuries, a basic hunter shoe that has been fullered (grooved) to enhance grip should suffice. There are two side or quarter clips on the rear feet, as well as a central toe clip on the front foot. Before you even consider shoeing procedures, there are a plethora of other variations on this classic horseshoe shape to take into consideration. You can find some of the most widely observed horseshoe variants and corrective shoes on the market right now, along with a brief description of what they accomplish.
Eggbar – so named because it is shaped like an egg, this shoe is designed to be worn by horses that require additional support in the heel area, such as those with low/collapsed and underrun heels, as well as those suffering from navicular syndrome
The heartbar shoe, which is similar to an eggbar shoe but has an additional ‘V’ shaped plate that sits over the frog, is particularly popular with horses that require frog and heel support. • Racing plates are lightweight aluminium shoes that are commonly used for racehorses because they do not significantly increase the weight of the foot when compared to a steel shoe while still providing grip when riding on grass. These shoes wear out relatively rapidly on other surfaces, and as a result, they are often only worn for a single race at a time.
Glue On Shoes – These shoes are designed for horses who are either unable to tolerate the trauma of nailing on their shoes during the traditional shoeing process, such as a horse suffering from acute laminitis, or who are unable to tolerate the trauma of nailing on their shoes during the conventional shoeing process. Also appropriate for horses with injured or extremely dry/brittle feet who are unable to maintain a nailed shoe but require the support of a shoe.
Horses who compete often and do rapid work on grass are more likely to have studs installed in their horseshoes than others. When the horse is not competing, the shoe is constructed with a stud hole that is often covered with cotton wool to prevent the shoe from falling out.