Factors Influening Shoeing/Trimming Outcomes

When shoeing or trimming a horse there are many factors directly related to the hoof, including:
  • conformation of the horse,
  • injuries or abscesses,
  • pathologies, such as laminitis, founder, navicular and others,
  • gait problems, such as forging and interfering,
  • behavioral and environmental problems,
  • bacteria, fungi, white line disease (WLD) ,and broken down feet.

Other things to consider are:

  • expectations of the owner,
  • stalls, turnout, arena, trails
  • amount (and type) of work by the horse and overall condition.

I will provide quality work on every horse, never rush a job; I continue my education and always strive to improve my skills by attending conferences, seminars and clinics; I stay up to date on the latest procedures and technologies.

I'm willing to consult with vetenarians or trainers, if your horse has specific needs.

Working Conditions for Optimum Hoof Care

Dave Farley, a well-known farrier, pointed to five (5) factors needed in working conditions for the farrier to produce optimum shoeing/ trimming outcome. He explains to his customers -and I agree with his assessment- that if any of the conditions are less than desirable, it will compromise the farrier's ability to provide optimum hoof care.

  1. Well behaved horse
  2. Clean work area
  3. Dry work area
  4. Flat work area
  5. Well lit work area

If any of the above requirements are lacking, the final outcome may not be 100%.
The first requirement, a well-behaved horse is the most important. It is a tough, risky job to work on a good horse, but the "dangers to a farrier's physical and financial well being are magnified greatly by an unruly horse". (Adapted from The Natural Angle)

David A. Deppen, Farrier - Lafayette Hill, PA - 609-915-6102