Hoof Work for maximum soundness.

Hoofwork.com is the website and blog of Josh Noone, a professional farrier from Massachusetts, USA. Please have a look around, feel free to comment on a post or contact Josh with any questions.
Posted on March 11, 2013 - by The Farrier

TOOL REVIEW: Foremans Tools UK Pulloffs

Tool Review: Foremans Tools UK – Pulloff About The Manufacturer:  Foremans Tools UK,  operated by Nigel Fennell (Yateley), a farrier, successful competitor, clinician and at the time of this writing the manager of the England Farrier Team. This review is a bit overdue. I had planned on releasing it at the end of January but sure as ...

Posted on November 28, 2012 - by The Farrier

Vermont Farriers Contest Video


I had the pleasure of attending the Vermont Farriers Associations fall contest and clinic last weekend. I took along my GoPro HD Hero 2. I use that camera for all sorts of things (usually strapped to remote control aircraft). When I wasn't engrossed in conversation, watching a the clinic attentively or competing, I was walking around ...

Posted on October 1, 2012 - by The Farrier

Draining an Abscess

hoof abscess

This is a short video where we drained an abscess in a very lame horse. Horse was presented grade 5 lameness (bearing little to no weight) on her left fore. Shoe was removed and hoof testers were used to find effected area of suspected abscess The infection was so painful that any pressure in the ...

Posted on December 30, 2011 - by The Farrier

When it’s cold, spend more time by the fire!


I was a bit cold this morning and lately my hands have been getting numb while drilling holes for studs in winter shoes. I find it much faster to punch the stud holes while the shoe is hot. It also keeps me warm. I had the camera rolling and was sure to catch all my ...

Posted on December 7, 2011 - by The Farrier

Continuing Education, since we don’t actually know it all.

 I can't tell you how many times I've run into farriers and during conversation asked them if they were planning to attend one of the upcoming clinics, lectures, or contests in our area, only to hear them tell me they haven't any interest in attending. Some say they don't have time because they have [insert ...

Posted on September 21, 2011 - by The Farrier

Presenting at Umass Equine Wellness Expo

On Sept 24 at 3:00 I will be presenting a lecture and practical demonstration at University of Massachusetts Hadley farm during the Equine Wellness Expo which is presented by my very good friends at Blue Star Equiculture. The workshop will focus on the use of modern materials and techniques in farriery. As well as touching on ...

Posted on August 11, 2011 - by The Farrier

Fabricating a Urethane Shoe

Sometimes you don't realistically have the option of nailing a shoe on a horse. In those cases where I still want to use a shoe, I like to glue them on. However, sometimes for some reason even that's not a good option. Such is the case with the horse in the following video. He is ...

Posted on July 26, 2011 - by The Farrier

Keeping a Schedule

At one time I would schedule farrier work solely at the horse owner's discretion.  I would find myself showing up to a mess of blown out hoof walls, lost shoes , trims that would take two to three times as long as they should and sometimes severe lameness. It didn't take me long to figure ...

Posted on July 6, 2011 - by The Farrier

Belgian Horse Hoof Reconstruction

A few weeks ago I got called in to do a 19.2 Belgian horse that has a few chronic problems. He's got a some ringbone and is recovering from what is suspected to be a mechanically created case of Laminitis for well over a year now. When I first met him he had super thin ...

Posted on May 9, 2011 - by The Farrier

Shoeing with the help of Abrasives, Grinders and Sanders

A little while ago I received a question about the use of abrasives in the farrier industry. "Where and why do you use abrasive grinding wheels when shoeing a horse? Please help me understand this application. " -Frank Thanks for the question, Frank. There are so many uses for abrasives in our industry. I personally ...