Working Conditions for Optimum Hoof Care
Dave Farley, a well-known farrier, pointed to five (5) factors needed in working conditions and how they affect the 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.
The five necessary conditions for optimal hoof care are:
of the above requirements are lacking, the final
outcome may not be 100%. However,
the first requirement, a well-behaved horse is the
most important criteria. 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".
* Note: For large horses, such as draft horses, stocks are indispensable for the safety of the farrier and should be available if needed.
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