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Farrier Tools

by Diamond Farrier Co

The work of a farrier requires skill, training, and a great deal of patience.

It also requires a set of very specialized tools.

Rasp and Handle
A rasp is designed to cut only one way – away from the handle. There’s a coarse side, for doing rough work on the hoof, and a smooth side for finishing up. The smooth side is also commonly used for clinching, as the horse is being shod. It’s not uncommon to carry two rasps – a newer, sharper one for working with the hoof, and an older, duller one for working with nails.

The nippers are used both to cut the hoof wall down and to trim away any damage. They come in a range of sizes, depending on the size and age of the horse.

Hoof Knives
These extremely sharp knives come in both narrow and wide blades, and both left and right handed configurations. It’s common for a right handed person to use both, for different applications. (The right handed for trimming the sole, for instance, and the left handed knife for trimming around the frog.)

Driving Hammer
These more slender hammers are used to drive the nails into the hoof and hold the horseshoe in place. One side is used to drive the nail, while the other, clawed side is used to wring off the nail where it protrudes through the side of the hoof.

The clincher bends the nail as it exits the hoof wall, and comes in multiple configurations.

Clinch Cutter
As the name implies, the clinch cutter is used for cutting clinches (the bent over part of the nail that holds the shoe in place). It can also be used for cleaning out nail holes. 

Other common tools include Nail Nippers or cutters, and a Crease Nail Puller, for reaching into the crease and gripping the individual nails.

As for shaping and modifying a horseshoe, the most common tools include an Anvil, for molding the shoes into the necessary shape, Rounding Hammers for shaping the horseshoe, a Pritchel for cleaning out nail holes in the shoe, and Tongs for holding the shoe while making modifications.