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A Horseowner's Guide to Shoeing and Soundness
by Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh, CJF, RJF

paperback; 251 pages; 180 photos & drawings

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Maximum Hoof Power, A Horseowner's Guide to Shoeing and Soundnesspaperback


Every horse owner should own a copy...

The Farrier and Hoofcare Resource Center,
Reviewed by Baron Tayler

If you've been around horses for any period of time, you've probably heard of this book. It is without a doubt one of the most referred-to books on the subject of hoofcare and farriery to be published in the past 10 years.

Comprehensive in nature, yet written in terms the layman and new horse owner can easily understand, Maximum Hoof Power is a must for every equestrian's library. Simply looking through the titles of the chapters tells it all:

Shoeing Demystified
Old Mare's Tales
Your Questions Answered
Foot Works
To Shoe or Not to Shoe
The Shoeing Process
If the Shoe Fits...
Movement and Performance
Freeze Frame
Factors that Affect Movement and Performance
Dealing with Gait Defects
Shoeing for Your Event
Common Problems
Training Your Horse For Shoeing
Foal Hoof Management
The Lost Shoe Dilemma

The illustrations and photographs are excellent. There are checklists, special information boxes, and even hints on what to do in "emergency" situations until your farrier can arrive on the scene and put things right.

I'll repeat what I said at the beginning of this review: Every horse owner should own a copy of this book. (And read it.....)

Basic Hoof Knowledge, July 17, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
This is an excellent book for horse owners and farriers alike. For the horse owner, it is written in layman's language and easily laid out to find specific areas of interest. It is comprehensive and detailed enough to serve as an excellent reference tool for the farrier.

A must for any horse owner. Clear, concise., December 9, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
I found the information well organized, kept my interest with no wasted space. Includes foal leg and hoof development, a hard area to find info about.

The Quarter Horse Journal, October 2000

     This is a new paperback edition of a book published in 1994, and it is still good. I recall some of the "Old Mare's Tales' detailed in the first chapter from the first goround, and I was delighted to see them again. For example, mud and hooves are not a good combination, and hoof dressing does little to affect the exterior hoof wall (which is where most people slather it). The adage of  "a long toe lengthens and softens the stride" is disproven in the main text, and a discussion about the 45-degree wall angle is also educational.

     Hoof cracks mean your horse's hooves have been too wet; and the frog has little or nothing to do with pumping blood back up to the body of the horse. It doesn't even need ground contact to do its job effectively.

     Another "Old Mare's Tale" is that black hooves are better than white hooves. Not so, say researchers. Nor is it necessary for a horse to go barefoot part of the year to let his feet rest.

     The cost of a set of shoes has climbed steadily over the years, along with the ability of a good farrier to salvage and maintain horses. Few give the farrier credit for a good horse, but, without good feet, a horse is useless for work. People like to complain about the shoer; let's give him credit for his achievements.

     "Maximum Hoof Power" will make you a more informed observer as you peer over your farrier's shoulder.

(Trafalgar Square Publishing, North Pormfret, VT $19.95 paperback.)

Paint Horse Journal, August 2000

In this valuable guide, the husband and wife team of Richard Klimesh and Cherry Hill pool their considerable equine knowledge, farrier and journalistic talents to demystify the care of horses' hoofs.

     With an emphasis on shoeing and soundness, the couple begin by addressing "old mares' tales" and answering questions commonly asked by horse owners at seminars and farrier sessions. They go on to explain the shoeing process, how to deal with gait defects, and the necessity of shoeing a horse properly for different kinds of performance classes.

     In particular, the book excels by providing lists of events, the type of movements each requires and the kinds of lameness that can result from the activities. Explanations of events from dressage to reining, police and parade work, as well as winter riding are complete and helpful, complemented by black and-white photographs.

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