For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost
For want of a horse the rider was lost
For want of a rider the battle was lost
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
The book deals with what is arguably the most important area of horse healthcare – the maintenance of healthy feet. Lameness is the biggest single cause of suffering and layoff for the horse, and 90 per cent of lameness is connected with problems in the foot.
Structure and Function • Conformation and Foot Balance • Maintenance of a Healthy Foot • Common Problems and Diseases • Special Purpose, Corrective and Surgical Shoeing • Remedial Shoes • The Farriers’ Registration Acts • Training • Tools • Feeding for Health • Looking After Your Farrier