Sole is the natural protecting

Feet are often very hard and contracted in a dry environment horses they often have retained lots of sole, this is a natural protect against the harsh environment that they are in. Be aware to not remove too much of that protective element.

Normally in a dry environment horse feet contract from the norm, this is perfectly natural, the hoof wall moisture content varies from 25%-30% in normal conditions. In a Dry environment this moisture content can get a low as 15% this makes the very extremely hard and often brittle.


Ensure your tools are sharp!!! As un sharp tools will not be able to trim the dried horn, when selecting horseshoes also think about your nail selection. Ideally something slim in the blade but strong to drive (MX, Endura). A wide web shoe will give maximum support, cover and durability against stones and rocks, but also a wide web shoe will protect against the horse feet descending in to a soft surface such as sand.

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