In modern days, we don’t rely on horses for transportation or agriculture as much as our ancestors did. But it doesn’t mean the art of horseshoeing has to die out. Equipped with traditional techniques and modern tools, a professional farrier’s work has never been done so efficiently!
Why do horses need footwear in the first place? Horse shoes are essential for hooves, because horses are constantly in contact with uneven or rough surfaces that can damage their natural hooves. Without proper shoeing and maintenance that follows, a working horse’s hooves can easily deteriorate, making the animal more prone to problems like cracked heels. It’s true that feral horses living in the wild are comfortable walking around barefoot, but they also don’t do any heavy duty for humans.
While it might look painful for the animal to have heated shoes attached to and removed from its hoof, you don’t have to worry about it! The whole process is totally pain-free, since there’s simply no nerve running through the tough part of a horse’s hoof. As you can see, the horse doesn’t struggle because it just feels like… getting its fingernails trimmed and cut!
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