I’ve been looking forward to today as>Colin Goldsworthy our farrier dropped in to put on a new pair of plastic shoes for me. Every four weeks, he comes down and takes off the old pair and replaces them with a nice shiny pair with little studs on the bottom.
My friend Lady was also having new shoes, so we both waited together with our grooms, Kelly and Tansi, while Colin gathered all his tools together.
It was my turn first and Colin started with my right hoof. Because I wear plastic shoes, they are stuck on with a special glue that means they will even stay on when I walk around.
The old shoe came off very quickly with a tap along the top of each of the little tabs that holds it on. The old glue is quite hard so Colin had to use one of his rasps to file it down. This leaves a very rough surface for my new shoe to stick to.
Because our hooves change shape all the time, each of our shoes has to be specially made by Colin. I rested my hoof on a piece of plastic and he used a big black marker pen to draw the shape of my hoof. He then went off to trim it to my hoof size and add the little plastic tabs that will hold it all in place on my hoof.
While I was waiting for my new shoe, Kelly tickled my ears and gave me a huge big cuddle.
My shiny new shoe was ready to be glued on. I had to stand very still while the little drops of glue that holds it in place dried. And finally, the special flexible glue was added by Colin which didn't take very long to dry.
One shoe done, and then the other to have a matching pair!