Dennis wrote,on my timestamp of 25/06/2009 8:36 PM:
No. They hammer them in slanted, the tip comes off the side of the hoof and is
then cut off. The remaining bit is filed flush with the hoof.
(spent too many days of my youth watching a farrier at work...)
That makes sense, I guess they'd hurt a bit otherwise. The only horse
podiatry I've seen is a horse getting its hooves trimmed & the gunk
underneath cleaned out. The farm dog had a good feed on the scraps.
The tips are beveled on only one side too. When the nails are driven,
that side is always toward the center of the hoof. That causes the nail
to bend slightly to the outside. With a slanted start, that makes it
less likely the nail will penetrate to the live tissues of the hoof and
helps assure it leaves enough outside to cut off and clinch.
Farriery: A job that makes old folks out of young folks very quickly. :)
Yes, I've known a few aged farriers too. Not having done a statistical
study, I can't say how many reach advanced age still practicing. But
I've known more who gave up the job before 40 too, usually because of
injuries by fractious horses.
Most of the older ones I've known in 40+ years of being owned by horses
won't work on a bad horse more than one or two times. Then they tell the
owner to find somebody else or have a vet on site with tranquilizer - or
carry some themselves.
Grandfather moved away from the trade around 1900 to more interesting
work like converting the Ford 999 from tiller steering to a more
motorcycle type of "handlebar" so that Barney Oldfield would accept
the challenge of driving it. Junior was amazed to discover that "It's
made of wood!" when we visited the Ford museum some years ago.
I forgot to measure them so 2-1/2" was my guess, they are probably closer to
2" long, I just changed the number on my web site to this shorter value,
though according to the link below they are sold in lengths ranging from
41 - 80mm (1.6 - 3.1 inches).
The length varies depending on the horses hoof size and the type of shoe
used as well as the location you're installing the nail. The idea is
that you use a nail that is just long enough that it can be clinched and
Oh yeah, I used to make rings out of them too!
The farrier would let me have a go at them, at a corner
of the shop where he had a heavy metal table top
to fine tune the horseshoes. Good fun and the rings
looked very "macho" at school: I scored a few pecks
from the girls as a result. They liked them as pendants in
leather necklaces, as well!
Dang, now I'm all reminiscent...
1653 is a wood turning tool.
It is used to turn grooves to a particular diameter. If you are copying a
piece, you adjust the tool like a caliper to the original and then use to
cut a corresponding groove in the duplicate. You hook the tool over the
piece in the lathe and push down. When the tool drops to the other side of
the work piece, the grove is the same dia as the original.
Paul K Dickman
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