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Do you know how your horse's feet are set up ... right now?
Do you know if your horse is being trimmed to the same specifications every time?
Could you tell a farrier the exact toe/heel lengths needed to keep your horse sound?
Can you tell if your horse is lame because he was trimmed too short? Too long?


Why would you not want to keep a record of your horse's hoof care program?
For around a penny a day ... you can. 
Farrier doesn't take measurements? Click here to move to the bottom of this page to see how simple this is to do. All you need is a pencil and a tape measure.




ISBN: 1-931129-16-9

2003 All Rights Reserved

PAPERBACK:   US: $5.00



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The Personal One Year Shoeing Record Book allows you to put all your horse's vital shoeing information in one place. No more hunting for missing receipts, scraps of paper or lost notes. No wondering when your next farrier appointment is scheduled. One book for one horse with all the information at your fingertips. 

The Personal One Year Shoeing Record Book is available in a handy pocket size. Large enough to make entering your horse's shoeing information a simple task, yet small enough to fit into your tack box, desk drawer or pocket. Pinned to the barn bulletin board, it makes for quick reference.

Whether your Farrier schedule is planned around a 6 week or 8 week time period between appointments, this book should allow you to record a complete year's worth of trimming/shoeing data for one horse.

Includes 10 Appointment Datepages for recording hoof lengths, hoof angles, shoe types and sizes. 

Each of these Appointment Datepages includes a space for notes and/or special conditions observed that either you or your Farrier may wish to record.

There is a place to write down the date of your Farrier's Next Appointment. Providing a convenient and logical place for this date helps to prevent any confusion as to when this important event is to take place. This helps in avoiding the stress and aggravation associated with, and caused by, missed appointments and the subsequent rescheduling.

There is a page for your Important Phone Numbers.

Having your Horse's trimming/shoeing information on hand gives you the freedom of mind that comes with knowing exactly how best to trim and/or shoe your horse for their optimum comfort and performance.

Plus, you now have a written record of what has worked, and equally important, what has not worked for your horse.

This comes in handy if your horse loses a shoe while you are away from home, or you decide to have your horse re-trimmed or re-shod away from home, or if you need to acquire the services of a new Farrier. He or she will certainly appreciate a record of how your horse has been trimmed and/or shod in the past.

You need this information. Your horse needs you to have this information. Your farrier more than likely sees hundreds if not thousands of horses a year. That is a lot of feet to remember. How simple would it be to just hand over the information that tells your farrier what it takes to balance your horse. No remembering, no guessing, just the facts.



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Hoof measurements and what good are they?

The most common hoof measurements are toe lengths and the hoof angles. If your farrier is not able to give you hoof lengths and angle measurements, then it will be up to you to gather this information. 

So, the farrier comes out and trims your horse but for whatever reason, is unable to give you lengths or angles . I wouldn't worry about it if the horse is sound after the trim. There are any number of methods being used to trim horses and all that really matters is that your horse is sound and traveling right. However, what happens if this farrier moves, is injured, retires or if you move or decide to use another farrier. How do you tell a new farrier how to trim your horse? If you changed farriers because you were not satisfied with the old farrier, wouldn't it be helpful to the new farrier if he knew how your horse was being set up so he or she could avoid making the same mistakes?

If your horse was sound but the farrier wasn't, then being able to tell the new farrier exactly how to set up your horse so it remains sound will make the job easier on you, the farrier and most of all, your horse. 

You will want to take your measurements as soon after the horse has been trimmed as possible because this information will let you know if your horse has been trimmed too short, too long or out of balance.

Lengths are easily measured with a small retractable tape measure that can be purchased at most hardware and department stores. 

Hoof angles are commonly determined using a Hoof Gauge. Don't worry if you don't have one of these. The primary function of a Hoof Gauge is to provide the farrier with an easy way to trim matching pairs of hooves (Fronts & Hinds) to identical angles. 

You are not trying to do this. All you want to have is a way of telling if the hooves of your horse match, are being trimmed the same way each and every time, in addition to having a way to show a new farrier exactly how you want your horse set up. It is also nice to have a record of what changes may have been tried on your way to getting your horse set up correctly.

Back to the measurements. In order to take hoof measurements, you will have to get very close to your horse's feet. This can be extremely hazardous to your health. Only proceed if you are comfortable handling your horse's feet and if the horse is comfortable in allowing you to do so. Never stand directly in front of or behind a horse's foot. Always stand off to the side ... out of the way.

The toe length is measured at the center of the front of the hoof from the bottom of the hoof up to the coronary band ... coronet ... or simply to the point where the hoof wall ends and goes from hard to soft. The important thing here is to pick a spot at the top of the hoof that you can find on each foot. Consistency is more important than anything else.

There is no magic length that works for every horse, but as a general rule, fronts should match and hinds should match. There are always exceptions and if you find a discrepancy, ask your farrier to explain it to you.

If you have a hoof gauge, then once again, both fronts should match as should the hinds. Accuracy with a hoof gauge depends upon the user holding the gauge and applying the same amount of pressure while taking the readings in order to provide consistently accurate measurements.

No hoof gauge ... not to worry. Instead of recording hoof angles you can take a few simple measurements at the heel of the hoof that will serve your purpose. Once again you have to pick a spot on the heels of the hoof (inside and outside) that you can locate consistently. Then measure from your spot at the top of the heel straight down to the ground.

Now you have a set of measurements that will let you know exactly how the horse's hooves are trimmed. Taken immediately after a trim, it quickly becomes obvious if something is out of order.

Most farriers are overjoyed when a horse owner shows an interest in expanding their knowledge of their horse's hoof care program. These few simple measurements go a long way in helping you provide quality hoof care for your horse. 

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