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Professional Group One Farrier Based in Rangiora, New Zealand

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Applying A Poultice

It seems we tend to think Abscesses are a winter thing and something we don’t really need to worry about till the wet season. But this isn’t true at all, basically an abscess occurs when bacteria or foreign matter enters the horny regions of the hoof. There are various way nail – quick, sole puncture…

Shoeing for Track Surface

The way a horse is shod & the type of shoe he wears, can make a difference on how well and how safely he can run. Shoeing racehorses in this country has never really taken into account the track surface or conditions of the turf, take the week while i write this blog we I…

Hoof Cracks

With the weather in my area being extremely hot and dry , it is of interest to me monitor the condition of horses hooves at this time , I have differently noticed the hoof becoming harder during the summer months & have experienced some interesting cases where trainers continue to present horses returning from spells…

This is A Case Study I Worked on at The David Hankin Shoeing Seminar on – held in August 2012

L = load or weight transmitted down the cannon- bone surface to the long pastern, where the resistance at the articulating surface (the joint) . P = power comes from the shortening of the flexor muscles. F = the Ful Crum represents the relationship of the ground weight surface with the weight bearing axis of…

Grass Track

With the good weather of summer and Christmas comes grass track racing, we all enjoy the big grass racing, picnic atmosphere and a few beers leaning over the outside rail trying to pick a winner. One aspect of grass racing that I take a lot of interest in is the difference in stride or phases…

Club Feet

A club foot generally a bit of a swear word in our house the frustration of the thought of a horse being present to me with a fault and always wondering if it could have been fixed earlier in life. It’s not that it’s the end of the world for that horse It just up…

Shoeing Horses That Hit Their Knees, Shins, Pasterns or Cross Fire

Article written and published in the NZ Harness Racing Weekly Interfering in a horses’ gait is always a frustrating problem. When we train a horse that we think is above average or is showing some promise but suddenly appears with the ‘not for sale’ sign on, is it the dreaded spreaders? I have touched on…

David Farmilo Farrier Course

Article written and published in the NZ Harness Racing Weekly A wise old trainer once said to me you never stop learning. Isn’t that the truth, and after two NZ Cups, half a dozen Jewels, and Breeders’ Crown winners and 20 odd Group 1 winners I must admit I thought I was well on the…

The Benefit of Hoof-Line

Article written and published in the NZ Harness Racing Weekly From the time I first started shoeing, gait problems and knee knocking has always been something I have been interested in. I remember asking an old farrier the correct method to fixing a knee knocker. I questioned whether to lower the outside or the inside.…

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