Small things

I had a nice job this week. A pony so small that usually there is no point in shoeing them. I have been trimming this particular pony already for years and this hilarious pony is a refreshment for the whole stable. A clever and self-confident personality and she clearly thinks herself actually to be the biggest horse on the yard. Mostly shetland ponys are going without shoes, some I have been shoeing, but this one has the smallest hoofs I’ve so far nailed a shoe on.


This is the reason why the pony got the shoes in the first place. Stones and dirt were stucked between the hoof wall and laminae. That caused some hoof wall separation and the pony was lame. With the owner we decided to shoe the fronts couple of times that the separated part may grow down. Pony was very happy immediately after the first shoeing.


I used werkman 6*0 and that’s a very small shoe. I think smaller than kerckhaert 8*0 and it wasn’t enough, I had to grind the shoe even shorter. Winter is coming and the pony needed studs. I reset the same shoes, only drilled the studholes. There was room only for one stud on the toe. With these shoes the pony may go through the time of icy and hard ground and when the snow really falls, the shoes can be taken off.

Next I’ll offer you a lecture demonstrating the healthy and safe working positions for a farrier: 


Well, now I can see what I’m doing, but the position for nailing is maybe not ideal.


Maybe this way? Remember always to be ready and able to jump away from the horse if she gets suddenly panicked..


Working with hoofstand? My hoofstand is almost the same size as the pony..


This one is my favourite. All the elements in a safe and sound farrier work.



Job done! Forgive me, if the clinches and finishing is not perfect. I felt like my tools had been designed somehow wrong.. Too big maybe?


Photos: Fanny Lindström