Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bethel, Ohio USA
• Horses: 0
It would be educational to see a few photos of the shoeing work done by those responding to this thread.
As to which breed is most difficult to shoe, I might offer that it isn't the breed which presents the variation in difficulty.
The challenges are found in the intended discipline, conformation of the animal, behavior of the animal, work environment and experience of the owner.
Show me a horse with good capsule conformation/health, low level discipline performance expectations, quality behavior and a well-lit, dry, level work environment and I'll show you a horse you can shoe in your sleep.
On the other hand, present a horse intended to chase cans with a toe-out conformation, carpus valgus, poor behavior and owned by someone whose equine experience is limited to the last issue of Horse & Rider magazine and I'll show you a farrier that would rather be a Walmart greeter for the day!