These advances in farriery have, in many cases, provided the farrier with an effective
way to treat a horse and return it back to soundness quickly with minimum invasive
techniques. Today’s farriers have many more options available to them compared with
farriers from as little as 15 years ago.
Many modern materials and techniques require very accurate fitting or application.
The use of acrylics, polymers and fillers come with an inherent risk to sensitive
tissues upon contact, the farrier needs to appreciate and understand the dangers
of using them.
The importance of a good anatomical and theoretical knowledge cannot be overstressed.
Farriers need to know their limits and never attempt to use modern materials without
first fully understanding how to use them...
Modern materials play a crucial role in farriery in the 21st century. As the skill
and knowledge of the modern farrier has improved, so have the materials at his or
her disposal. It is vital that any practising farrier is competent and comfortable
using the wide range of equipment currently on the market.