Why hot shoeing?
Why is hot shoeing a preferred method among many horseshoers? What is the difference between putting a hot shoe on a hoof and putting on a cold shoe?
A hot shoe is allowed to conform to the hoof in a way a cold shoe cannot.
This is important because, as Poe says, “the horse is always right. We trim the hoof to the specific needs of a horse and then build a shoe to fit the way we trimmed that foot.”
“It’s an order farriers should follow,” continues Poe. “Trim the hoof to bring balance and establish a good base. Then build a shoe that accentuates that trim and all the good things we accomplished with it.
“By fitting a shoe to the foot while it is still hot, we are able to better manipulate the shoe to follow the shape of the hoof – to flow with the hoof, if you will.”
How does hot shoeing work?
Burning the horseshoe to the foot also burns away any imperfections and tiny but inescapable human errors, making the hoof truly flat to match the flat surface of the shoe.
You can also reinforce a correct shoe fit because the shoes are hot and the hoof and shoe will mold together seamlessly.
The end result is a better-balanced foot.
Hot shoeing also creates an antiseptic environment by burning away any impurities on the outside of the hoof before you nail the shoe on. You are not trapping any of the bacteria and fungus that is naturally found around horses into the hoof.
Related Article: Holy Horseshoes! Bob Baffert's Bold Backstretch Blacksmith Burn-On
From Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog.