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post #11 of 19 Old 08-11-2012, 09:27 PM
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Here's tha square clinches. They're pretty thin.

By pulling clips I mean were the shoes heated in the forge and clips made? Looks like keg shoes with clips pulled with a ball-pein hammer. Most factory shoes with ready-made clips don't have a mark (notch) where the clip was actually taken from the shoe metal. In other words, factory shoes are molded with clips. If theses are handmades, they are very good. I was having trouble figuring out if they were handmades or not. The nail crease and nail holes look machined, but the heels and the toe clips look forged. I decided they're factory made shoes, just different than shoes I'm used to seeing.

You mentioned this mare snapped a shoe in half. If a horse breaks a shoe in half, either the shoe was really thin and wore-out, or the steel was tempered extremely hard. So hard that they would've been difficult to shape.

For me if I do the toe nails first, the shoe tends to slide back a little, making the toe of the foot hang over the shoe.

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If theses are handmades, they are very good. I was having trouble figuring out if they were handmades or not.

The nail crease and nail holes look machined, but the heels and the toe clips look forged.

I decided they're factory made shoes, just different than shoes I'm used to seeing.
You mean the 12 nail holes didn't give it away?

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Do you know how they do things in Australia? I don't.
I know they don't punch 12 holes in a hand made.

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Their just thinking ahead and may need more choices on the reset. Lol

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I think they are O'Dwyer brand? Standard hack shoe is what the package says. That's all we have, except for a pile of random ones that don't match and some have the toe clips cut off. But we don't use those, left over from some other manager obviously! We don't have a forge, just an anvil to do minor adjustments I guess. The shoes fit relatively well out of the pack, the hinds are a bit round but not too bad.

In regards to the shoe snapping, it would have been wear I think, the paddocks these horses live in are all sharp rock, let alone when they go out mustering. It surprises me that they don't have more lameness and stone bruises than try do, the ground is terrible for horses. One of the main reasons I chose not to bring my horses up here!

The nippers we have here are diamond brand - I have my own pair at home in my kit, I haven't had any trouble with them but obviously my horses have much softer feet and I don't need to use them often.

I'm keen to have a go at hammering the back nails in first, I think it will really help. However we just got everyone done, so it will be a little while unless someone pulls a shoe in he meantime!
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Do most shoes over there have less nail holes? I think 12 is pretty standard here, rembering way back when I had my boys fronts shod...
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Oh, yeah. Diamonds are some of the cheaper nippers, and, therefore, are pretty poor quality. It can be hard to nip a hoof with them right out of the package.

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GE's are available but run over $300. WS the guys talking about nail holes are talking the difference between hand made shoes and bought ones. Bought ones are commonly called kegs.
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