Speaking of horses, we immediately think of its ability to run fast, the speed of a horse makes us think of the sound of hooves. Why do horses make such loud noises when running? It turns out that humans gave horses iron shoes – iron hooves. Why put iron hooves in the horse’s legs? This starts with the horse’s toes.
You have probably seen pictures of horses with hooves so long that they are distorted and deformed. Just at a glance, we have noticed that these animals definitely feel pain and discomfort when walking, even in some severe cases, they can’t even walk.
Why do horses need iron hoofs?
Horseshoe is actually a very hard keratinized layer, so having an extra iron hoof will help protect the horseshoe, similar to how shoes protect human feet. Horseshoes are similar to human hooves, only they are much thicker. Over time, the horse’s other toes have disappeared and only one toe remains.
In fact, when the horseshoe hits the ground, it does not completely touch the ground, but only the edge of the hoof and the wall of the foundation will make contact with the ground. Thanks to the small contact area, the new horse can run fast and travel on many road conditions. Breeders will often put metal nails into the hooves, usually the thick part without feeling, sometimes the horseshoe is fixed with special glue. Iron hoofs are also a form of protection and support for the body’s weight, especially when the horse has to bear the additional weight of the rider, the iron hoof will help better protect and prevent diseases. in the long term.
How to install hooves for horses
Horseshoe fitting is a professional job done by qualified people. Due to the high value of horses themselves and the economic potential they bring, horses are usually very well cared for. Along with that, only professional craftsmen are capable of assessing the condition and choosing the right type of hoof for each horse, avoiding lameness or injury.
This person must have the combined skills of a blacksmith for crafting, adjusting iron hoofs and a veterinarian, with basic knowledge of anatomy to care for horse paws.
Procedure: Before closing the iron nail, you must use a knife to adjust the nail, flatten the bottom edge, the wall of the nail, then select the iron nail to fit the best so that the toenail and the iron nail hug tightly together.
Finally, use a nail to drive it into the nail hole of the iron nail. The nailing position is where there is a circular barrier between the base of the foundation and the edge of the base of the foundation wall. When nailing the hoof, the nail must be pointed outward, penetrating the hoof wall, but not injuring the horse’s tactile parts. The sharp end of the nail exposed to the nail wall must be cut, the remaining nail is bent to stick to the nail wall to fix the iron hoof to the horse’s hoof.
After ironing the horses’ hooves, it still can’t be considered finished. Because the horny layer of a horseshoe resembles a human fingernail, it does not stop growing. If we do not check, do not repair, the horseshoe will be deformed, the iron hoof will not work.
Because the horseshoe is constantly growing, if not cared for and redone regularly, the iron hoof will be deformed and no longer useful. So at a certain interval, people have to change the horses’ hoofs. Only in this way can we protect the horseshoe well and promote the horse’s power to run thousands of miles.
In the video below you can see Farrier-Hoof Restoration-Satisfying
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