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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
Every horse owner should own a copy...
The Farrier and Hoofcare Resource Center, www.horseshoes.com
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:
Old Mare's Tales
Your Questions Answered
To Shoe or Not to Shoe
The Shoeing Process
If the Shoe Fits...
Movement and Performance
Factors that Affect Movement and Performance
Dealing with Gait Defects
Shoeing for Your Event
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 r