The Shoeing Process At the Cowan Horse Ranch
Hooves are balanced between medial (inside), and lateral (outside) of the ground surface of the hoof.
Hooves are measured and evened. Some research has shown uneven hooves can throw the spine out, make it harder for the horse to change leads, and throw off the timing of gaited horses. It may take as little as 1/8 inch to create these problems. The effect of uneven hooves can usually be seen in the withers and pectoral muscles.
Angles are set the same so hooves have even break over and length of stride.
Hooves are buffed for better accuracy in reading angles. Buffing also exfoliates dead matter and removes unwanted rasp marks.
Hooves are chalked to make sure they are flat and weight is evenly distributed onto the hoof.
Nail holes are puttied to eliminate dirt, water, and mud from access to the white line.
Sealer is applied until periople can restore itself. Periople is the natural glossy finish on the hoof wall.
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