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Extended Heel Modifications: Part One

Occasionally you may want to put some additional support on a hind shoe. The extended heel modification is a quick and easy way to do this. [more]


Extended Heel Modifications: Part Two

We have a few images of extended heels on the foot to give you a better sense of a typical fit for the shoes. These images are of rope horse hind feet shod by Mike Chance, CJF. He used Kerckhaert SX-8 unclipped shoes for the modification. [more]


Rocker Toe Modifications

You may find that a rolled toe modification or shoes that already have some enhancement for breakover don’t provide enough improvement for the foot movement. [more]


Shoe Modifications

There are a lot of basic modifications that only take minutes to put into a shoe and can do a lot to provide support or make your horses more comfortable. [more]


Bloom Forge Bob Punch

There are a lot of great pre-clipped options in the Kerckhaert program but developing the skills to clip, when and where you want a clip, is important. [more]


Shoeing the Roping Horse

By Michael Chance, CJF

There are as many ways to shoe roping horses as there are horses. Each one is unique, with its own strengths and weaknesses. A sound horse with good conformation, in a desirable environment, would do well barefoot. Yet this scenario is rare. Their riders each have their own set of priorities, skill levels, and schedules to factor in. Because of all these variables, each horse should be assessed as a unique individual. Communication and observation skills are essential in determining how best to shoe each horse in order that he may perform at his peak within his environment. [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]


Maximizing the Slide of a Reining Horse

By Dave Farley

There are a number of variables that affect the performance of the reining horse. Breeding, conformation, mental attitude, footing, rider’s skill level and shoeing all have an impact. The best bred reiners have a natural ability for good lateral movement and sliding stops. Their conformation includes strong hind quarters and straight hind limbs (viewed from front or hind), with powerful shoulders to enhance turning ability. As a rule, the farrier cannot control any of the variables except the shoeing. [more]