The next issue of FPD’s Natural Angle will feature an article discussing the selection of shoes and nails and their importance to the quality of work. It’s undoubtedly the skill of the farrier in regards to foot prep and shoe fit that can make the most difference, but choice of products is often the “icing on the cake” of a good shoeing job. If you aren’t already receiving the Natural Angle, you can contact FPD and request a copy of the upcoming issue- it’s guaranteed to give you something to think about.
Every clinician FPD has sponsored through the years stresses the importance of good hoof prep, shoe fit and shoe and nail selection. The Natural Angle article will discuss the basic differences between a V crease shoe and the typical U shaped, flat bottom crease and how they impact the application of shoes to attain a high level of proficiency. In addition, there will be a reference to the importance of selecting the highest quality nail to maximize the effectiveness of the shoeing job. You can visit the FPD site or Kerckhaert site to get more information on products available to the market.