Farrier tools are essential when it comes to horseshoeing. They are made especially to complete specific task. They are not all created equal though. The old saying of you get what you pay for really applies to the tools a farrier has in his tool box. I would suggest if you do not already have tools to wait to purchase them until you come to farrier school. You will have an opportunity to purchase tools that will fit your specific needs with the guidance of your instructor . This will save you a lot of money and frustration in the long run.
Not always but often farrier tools that have rubber grip handles are usually low quality tools and some of them are so crudely made that it is impossible to get any use out of them . There are some mid range priced tools that do work nicely they just lack the highly polished finish of the high end lines.
It is recommended you wait till you come to the horseshoeing class to buy your tools. You will have an opportunity to purchase any or all that you need there at the Spanish Lake Blacksmith shop that will take a trip to. It is cheaper to buy the right tool the first time than it is to buy a cheap took that doesn’t work. Tools are not all created equal. Some will work against you not for you. Dennis will explain the tools, their function and how to choose what is best for you and your horse. It is possible to start out with a bare essential box of farrier tools then you can add to your collection. Here is a list of what I believe is the tools that are not optional for you to start out with:
- hoof nipper
- pull offs
- hoof knife
- nail driving hammer
- anvil or stall jack
- horse shoes 00, 0, 1 these three sizes will fit most riding type horses
- horse shoe nails, city head or slim blad
Farrier tools are like a paint brush to a painter or a instrument to a musician they are only as good as the person using them is but the better the artist and the better the musician the better the farrier the better their tools are . Tools can help to re
fine your work but in themselves no substitute for study, instruction, and hours of practice.