Shoeing Projects of Interest

Shoeing projects will be listed on this page along with any demonstrations that I may have relating to shoeing products that I feel may be on interest.

Project Lockie

This is Lockie, a 15.2 appaloosa pony owned in Christchurch NZ He is your regular horses, loves being fussed over, ridden and all the normal stuff horses that have a wonderful home do.

The only thing with Lockie is he has a deformity which I haven't seen for a long time , he has two club feet in behind both hind hooves have a broken natural angle and are graded at a 4 club foot , the worst I've seen. In many instances it is inherited. This horse interestingly walks around on the dorsal wall (the outside toe wall), Trimming & shoeing alone is not going to fix this problem, these horses need surgery, and the most common surgery is a tenotomy of the deep flexor tendon. Allowing the coffin bone to change position without the extreme amount of pull coming from the deep flexor tendon. This would then allow the application of a toe extension, but this may not always be an option and depending on the severity of the club foot many horses are perfectly usable.

Lockie is an interesting case as most grade 3-4 are not likely to become useable , but with a regular hoof care plan I think we can keep him sound and able to be ridden.


I have seen Lockie twice now with my first visit being July 2012 where the state of his feet were terrible (photo 1) .I trimmed him to a perfect balance using the centre of articulation of the hoof capsule which is 19 mm back from the active tip of the frog by using this method I can map where the heels buttresses & toe should end, this is important as incorrect trimming will cause lameness or mechanical founder. We must remember no trimming method is every going to correct Lockies conformation we can only work on keeping him sound & happy. Once trimmed we decided to add a cast as protection to the dorsal wall as he is still going to walk around on this area, this will set harder than the hoof capsule and work as protection.

We will keep you updated on his progress.

Progress with Lockie as at December 2012
Progress with Lockie as at December 2012

Adam White Farrier - How We Trim

90% of soreness is hoof related and most of this is completely unnecessary. Most gait problems and back strains problems stem from incorrect balancing the hoof.

We must never attempt to do anything to the hoof unless we understand why we are doing it, and what the effect is going to be for the horse.

HOW TO CORRECTLY BALANCE THE HOOF (How I trim for prefect balance)

I base all my trimming for the centre of articulation the exact middle of the hoof, the middle or centre of balance is the same on every horse regardless of the size of the horse.

The centre of balance of the hoof is 19mm back from the active tip of the frog. The measurement from this point to the toe and to the heel buttress should be equal when the hoof is trimmed in accordance with our prescribed trimming method.

We also measure the medial - lateral should be equal as well.

The heel buttress I calculate to be set 6 mm above the critical frog/ heel junction.


Dealing with a Quarter Crack

Dealing with a Club Foot