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post #1 of 17 Old 06-04-2012, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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which do you prefer hot shod or cold shod ?

so as the title says which do you prefer hot vs cold shoeing??

what are the pro's vs cons to each method. i have only studied the hoof and barefoot trimming and never even considered shoes until my last farrier mentioned it and tried hot shoeing 2 of my horses. they did fine. and since then my new farrier does cold shoeing..i guess that is what its called.

so what is everyones experience with these two methods?? especially those who are experts on the forum, please teach me something :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-05-2012, 01:09 PM
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Hot Shod.........

Easier to shape the shoes for a more exact fit, able to make modifications to the shoe to fit the horses' needs, perfect seat for the shoe to the hoof, plus seals the horn tubles and hardens them to a small degree.
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I like to have my horse hot shod.
It is easier to shape the shoe, easier to fit it to the hoof and the fit is perfect. My horse has clips in all 4 shoes, and some lateral and medial support built in that all have to be adjusted and fit with every re-set. Those modifications wouldn't be as easily made without hot shoeing.
And as far as aesthetically, I think a hot shoe job leaves a better, cleaner looking finish.

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thanks guys anyone else on here have any opinions on this??
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I'd probably have JJ hot shod if I was doing 4 all the way around, but since he only gets front shoes, cold shod is fine for him.

My farrier will do hot shod if I want, but I don't think it's a make or break thing.

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I "hot shoe" when its cold and "cold shoe" when its hot .......
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lol, Cotton ..... I can take the heat.
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I worked at a dressgebarn years ago, and all their horses were hot shod. The farrier had a little forge right in his truck. It was exciting and smelled good too. They hot shod for all the same reasons: more precise fit, sealed the hoof, easier modifications for special circumstances.
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I like to have my horse hot shod.
It is easier to shape the shoe, easier to fit it to the hoof and the fit is perfect. My horse has clips in all 4 shoes, and some lateral and medial support built in that all have to be adjusted and fit with every re-set. Those modifications wouldn't be as easily made without hot shoeing.
And as far as aesthetically, I think a hot shoe job leaves a better, cleaner looking finish.
two of my horses are hot shod for all of these reasons (except the clips - they don't have those).
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Horseman56 made a great pro for hot shoeing. Apparently when you cold shoe, and drive nails into the hoof wall, bacteria can hop on and contribute to bacteria problems in the nail holes. With hot shoeing, the process of burning the shoe on kills all the bad bugs. Also much better fit with hot. I'm for hot shoeing...although I do hate the smell.

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