Got to spend time with Icelandic farrier.


Well-Known Member
Apr 16, 2000
What an opportunity.

Got to spend time speaking to an ICelandic farrier about shoeing for the gaits. How to influence a trotty tolter, a pacy horse, how to encourage the clear gaits to come out with different shoes on the feet.

The whole weekend just got better and better.


Well-Known Member
Oct 13, 2004
On an island
Technical stuff, but I should imagine for you extremely interesting. Even for somebody like me who does not really know a thing about shoeing (our two are just trims) it would be interesting to learn about such stuff.


Well-Known Member
Apr 16, 2000
That sounds very interesting. Has what you heard influenced how you're going to shoe the mob?

Completely, first I have to look through my farrier supply catalogues and find the sort of shoe I need to work with,

Normally I work with fullered, concave lightweight 6mm X 19mm, That kind of size,

I am going to need 20-22mm shoes, 6-10mm thick. in various combinations.


Active Member
Dec 30, 2006
I'm hoping a photo diary might be on its way? I know feet can be a contentious subject wally but I hope you do as I find it so fascinating.


Grumpy old nag
Aug 5, 2009
I'm looking forward to updates on this Wally. I cant help but be reminded so much of my TWH when I see piccys of the Icelandics that you post. He was always flat shod (none of this barbaric weighted and stacked stuff) but the shoes he came over from the States in, although described to me by my friend as standard 'keg shod' walking horse shoes.....were actually quite different from our standard shoes.

My farrier had a 2 page description from Sonny's usual farrier in Tennessee and a new full set of the shoes sent with him...but my numpty farrier just could not get his head around the concept...and it was very detrimental to Sonny's way of going.....the running walk turned into almost a 'racking walk if you know what I mean?

It is incredible how much a few tweaks here and there and a slightly different shoe can make to a gaited horse's way of going.
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