To Cold Shoe or Hot Shoe... That is the Question
Some horses are resistant to being hot shod, either because they are unfamiliar with the process and get spooked, or weren't introduced at a young enough age. In any case, cold shoeing may be your only option. Some horse owners prefer cold shoeing
either because it’s generally more affordable than hot shoeing. But hammering cold aluminum or steel is harder on the body and some farriers charge more because of this. Other farriers prefer cold shoeing because they can get in and get out faster. There are dozens of different brands of premade horseshoes in varying sizes. With minor modifications, performed ‘cold’ we can still get a great fit.
Cold shoes or ‘race plates’, are often used with Thoroughbred racehorses - they're considered ‘plated’ rather than shod. However, cold shoeing is done on all types of equine no matter their use. In many ways, it depends on what your farrier is comfortable with. We farriers can be much more nimble without having to drag out all our heavy and expensive equipment, especially if we need to work in a barn or stall where there is a lot of flammable hay, etc. We're skilled at leveling the hoof and fitting the shoe irrespective of whether the shoe is hot or cold. However, minute adjustments can be performed more easily when the shoe is hot. Having said that, heating some shoes is not an option as some shoes are meant to be shaped and fitted cold and if heated, may become very brittle and crumble because of the alloy used to make them at the manufacturer. Not a desirable outcome!
To get your horse shod either hot or cold - please give us a call to answer your questions or book your appointment.