Farrier Tools


Cantering cabbage!
May 18, 2009
Anyone know where I can buy a pair of those big plier type things the farrier uses?
Belle half pulled a shoe off this afternoon in the mud, have managed to pull the loose nails out ok and have managed to get it back into position - it was at an angle and the clip was pushing up into the white line (worrisome much) couldn't get the bloomin thing off so had to twist it back into position so the clip was back outsite her hoof wall and whack it down a bit to try and hold it steady, have phoned farrier but as yet have had no reply. I want to get the shoe off but without some kind of grippy item with a bit of leverage am at a loss. I know it's a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted but would like to get something for the next emergency. So if anyone can enlighten me as to where I can get something I'd be very grateful.


Well-Known Member
Apr 16, 2000
You need a buffer too to open up the clenches so when you pull the shoe off it comes off cleanly.

Better than learinign how to use shoe pulers invest in some nail pullers instead, take each nail out one at a time.


If the clenches are stood up at all it may be possible to nip them off with a pair of pliers. You can also take the top off them with a rasp.

In the meantime I would be inclined to wrap the foot in duck tape to stabilise the shoe in place and stable the horse unless your turnout is dry.


Cantering cabbage!
May 18, 2009
Thanks all...
Have rasped off the clenchers but still couldn't get the damn thing off, shes wrapped in gaffa tape and in her stable, farrier just text me he'll be up at about 6:30 ... Yann Oh how I long for dry ground, Belle had to move last week to one of our hill paddocks (sharing with my yard friend) as hers is underwater!
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