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Hoof Buffer Maintenance

We sometimes receive Hoof Buffer attachments which have been reported as leaking. In most cases the fix for these units is quick and simple. Often these attachments need nothing more than a little tune up. [more]

The Tool Corner: Installation of Rubber Keepers

I’ve found a rubber keeper will secure my tools better than the traditional metal keeper. It also absorbs more concussion and helps extend the life of the handle. [more]

Four Hit Hind Shoe

An efficient way to turn generic or front patterns into a nice squared hind pattern with a minimum of effort. [more]

Tool Corner - Hoof Tester

Most seasoned farriers will agree that a good hoof tester is a must in your shoeing tool collection. When used properly you can determine an area where a hoof has pain. The key thing here is to know how to use them correctly. [more]

Shoe Modifications: The Rolled Toe and Rocker Toe

Two common modifications are the rolled toe and the rocker toe. Both modifications are used to enhance breakover or change the movement of the horse. The feature story of this issue focuses on their uses for enhancing breakover. [more]

Treating Burns

Burns can be caused by fire, heat, sunlight, chemicals, electricity or radiation. Working with horseshoes, you have probably experienced some kind of burns and know they can be very painful. What you might not know is that the most serious type of burn may be the least painful. [more]

Tool Maintenance: Dressing Sharpening Wheel

Buffing-sharpening wheels, also known as deburring wheels, are becoming ever more popular for sharpening and preparing to hone hoof knives. The FPD brand, or certain grit Scotch-Brite™ (a 3M product) wheels, provide an excellent method for sharpening or preparing a blade for final honing. The wheels are also useful for polishing and cleaning tools like hoof nippers. [more]

Tool Maintenance: Adding Groove to Sharpening Wheel

The following information will be useful in setting up a wheel for sharpening your hoof knives, including the hook. These photos are of a wheel being set up to sharpen left hand knives. Since this type of wheel is directional, you will need to groove the opposite side of the wheel for right hand knives. Knives should always be sharpened or buffed with the blade facing down to avoid injury and to get the best results. Always make sure the wheel is rotating in the proper direction. An arrow is usually placed on these types of wheels to indicate rotational direction. [more]

One Step at a Time
By Jim Jimenez

Dynamic Range was claimed out of a race where he ran a solid second. He walked and jogged sound but had badly cracked and peeling toe walls and a dished right front toe. His left front hoof angle was 43 degrees and his right front was 42 degrees. [more]

Application of Tungsten Pins and Drive-in Studs

There are any number of traction devices on the market today but a few of the most useful and least likely to create problems with the upper limb are the Tungsten pins, drive-in studs and nails with hard facing. All three are easily applied and provide significant security for horses that have to spend any time on blacktop, concrete or slippery rocks. [more]

Forge Welding
By Russell Colvin, CJF

Forge welding is a combination of heat, timing and surface preparation. The heat sources we will discuss in this article are gas (propane or natural gas) and coal/coke. Welding is a little more difficult in gas fires because of temperature limitations and the fact that gas fires tend to be oxidizing (excess oxygen). [more]

Avoid Unnecessary Damage to Your Nail Puller

A significant number of crease nail pullers are returned to suppliers each year because of damage that can be avoided – not as a result of defective material or workmanship. It is possible for heat treatment or defective metal to be a problem but be sure you used your tool correctly before returning it. [more]

Abrasive Belt Care and Safety

Storage conditions are among the most important factors affecting the performances of coated abrasives. Coated abrasives will usually perform at maximum efficiency only when they are properly handled and stored. [more]

Prepping Your Buffing/ Sharpening Wheel For Knife Sharpening - By Roy Bloom, CJF

The following information will be useful in setting up a wheel for sharpening your hoof knives, including the hook. These photos are of a wheel being set up to sharpen left hand knives. Since this type of wheel is directional, you will need to groove the opposite side of the wheel for right hand knives. Knives should always be sharpened or buffed with the blade facing down to avoid injury and to get the best results. [more]

Forging Steel Handled Punches

The photos below were taken at a hands-on clinic hosted by Jim Smith in New Hampshire. Making a hand held punch involves much the same process but you don't have the complicated process of welding and heat treating that is involved in the steel handle tool. If you decide to make some steel handled punches keep in mind that these basic forging steps are only the beginning. The most critical steps are the welding and heat treatment steps. [more]