Shoeing of the Standardbread Racehorse - Trotter & Pacer

"A handbook for people who care about their horses, whether they be owners or trainers, and for those who may want to try their hand at shoeing. Included are facts on how to keep your horse sound or with strong hoofs.

This information is based on a total of 40 years experience in horsemanship - over 35 years training and driving trotters and pacers, and over 23 years ( since 1986 to the present time) full-time blacksmithing for racehorses and some riding horses. The experience I share here is from knowledge, not technical or from a book.

I've shared what I have learned from over 4 decades of experience, since 1969 when I first began shoeing my own horses, of what works with riding and race horses (trotters and pacers)."Blacksmith

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The trade of shoeing horses is a dying art and there are very few people interested in becoming a blacksmith or farrier. As of yet this cannot be done mechanically. It was tried in the past, and failed.

I have had the unique opportunity to observe this blacksmith at work for seven years, taking notes and photographs and making sketches. I noticed that problems with horses, including lameness, kicking, confirmation (the way a horse stands), quarter cracks (cracks on hoofs), and others could be greatly improved and at times completely resolved by proper shoeing. In addition, I noticed horses that were aggressive or docile often improved in attitude and energy when they were no longer hurting from improper shoeing.

I wanted to write a book that described the step-by-step process of shoeing a horse, tips on safety, and troubleshooting. Also, the blacksmith I had been observing had become so knowledgeable in the trade I felt it would be a great loss not to document this information.

This book will be of interest to aspiring or practicing blacksmiths, horse owners, horse trainers, riders and the general public, for perhaps historical reasons.