Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Is Your Horse Balanced?

Blue Mountain Centre's website offers you a guide to answer this question yourself.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Putting the Horses Back Into Horsesho...

Valid point fom Dave Millwater, thanks to Facebook

Millwater Publishing: Cover Story: Putting the Horses Back Into Horsesho...: " A considerable segment of the horse owning public, especially the barefoot horse enthusiasts, seem to think farriers are preoccupied..."

Dave Millwater's writings are usually a good read, this one  is no exception

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hoof abscesses - a New Zealand winter/spring evergreen

For some reason hoof abscesses are one of the major causes of lameness in the New Zealand horse population. The variety of concepts in the public about this issue, some of them being quite misguided, is astonishing. People seem to forget, that if there is pus in a foot, it has to be dealt with effectively before the horse can expect healing.
One excellent reading on the subject is David Hankin's abscess article from Horse & Pony.

Friday, October 14, 2011

An evergreen question answered by David Hankin DipWCF

It is often a hard call to decide to call the vet straight away if the horse goes lame and it happens to be after shoeing or trimming, which will result in a hefty bill, or try the farrier as first point of call.
Read about it in this article (originally appeared in Horse & Pony in 2007, but still completely up to date)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Great Advice From David Hankin

Reading up on farriery can be a very time consuming project. Therefore I am always out for little gems of advice to share.
Well, this one from David Hankin is easy on the eye but has some valuable thoughts on how to manage horse-feet in lean times...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The moment of truth...

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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Big Farrier Survey

I have started collecting material to run a big, FAIR survey on the performance of farriers around the world.
It is intended to provide help for farriers to improve their business and horse owners to find the most suitable farrier for their horses.

Please send me ideas about what YOU would like to see in a survey to

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A sneak peak into old forges

The "standard screw-in studded front shoe" was the prescribed front shoe in the Royal Hungarian Army. It's design was based on the Austro-Hungarian (K und K) design. The shoes were forged using the help of a striker in a bottom swedge, one branch at a time.

I am waiting for some replies from friends to provide you with exact bibliographic information on the textbook (Dr Mihaly Horvath: Horseshoeing science.) and also looking at finding more data on the development of the standardized shoeing prescriptions in the armies of the past. If you have any relevant data to this subject please email me so we can share it with everybody.

It is always interesting to see what our fore-bearers did. I will be following the tracks of the farriers of the last 300 hundred years in the next 12 months. I hope it will be interesting for many farriers and horse owners.

Any content suggestions are welcome at

Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome to Farriers Online

Farriers Online is dedicated to do research for farriers worldwide. In the next few months we will provide you with invaluable information about farriery, supplies, equine podiatry and many other related topics.