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Rational Horse-Shoeing   By: (1834-1903)

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Rational Horse-Shoeing by John E. Russell is an essential guide for anyone interested in the art and science of horse-shoeing. This book provides comprehensive information on the principles, techniques, and considerations involved in properly caring for horses' hooves.

From the very beginning, Russell's expertise shines through as he delves into the historical background of horse-shoeing, sharing insights into its evolution and the different methods used throughout the years. This historical context not only adds depth to the content but also highlights the importance of understanding the reasoning behind certain practices.

The author's writing style is clear, concise, and accessible, making it easy for both beginners and experienced farriers to follow along. Russell strikes a perfect balance between technical descriptions and practical advice, ensuring that readers gain a strong foundation in the subject matter while also learning useful, hands-on techniques.

One of the strengths of Rational Horse-Shoeing is the emphasis on a holistic approach to horse health. Russell emphasizes the importance of evaluating each horse as an individual, taking into consideration its breed, conformation, movement, and specific needs. By doing so, he challenges traditional one-size-fits-all approaches and encourages readers to customize their techniques to the unique requirements of each horse.

The author covers a wide range of topics in this book, from basics such as anatomy and physiology of the hoof to more advanced concepts like the management of lameness and corrective shoeing. Russell provides numerous detailed illustrations and diagrams that support the written explanations, making it easier for readers to understand the concepts being discussed.

One aspect that sets this book apart from others in the field is the author's layering of historical knowledge with cutting-edge research. By acknowledging the importance of historical techniques while incorporating current scientific advancements, Russell provides readers with a well-rounded education in horse-shoeing.

Rational Horse-Shoeing is not only a valuable resource for farriers, but also for horse owners and enthusiasts who aim to deepen their understanding of equine hoof care. Russell's passion and dedication to this subject shine through in every chapter, and his well-structured and informative book is a testament to his expertise.

In conclusion, Rational Horse-Shoeing by John E. Russell is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking knowledge in the field of horse-shoeing. This book combines historical context with contemporary knowledge, providing readers with a comprehensive and practical foundation. From beginners to seasoned professionals, anyone interested in the health and soundness of horses will greatly benefit from the wisdom shared within the pages of this excellent resource.

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Since the publication of this little volume we have made changes in our horse shoe with a view to adapt it especially to Army use. Our design has been to make a shoe that any Army farrier can apply in a cold state without the use of any other tool than a knife to prepare the hoof, and a hammer to drive the nails. Our success in this attempt has been so complete that we are now using the pattern designed especially for Army use in all our contract work.

The shoe is rolled without a heel calk, so that the frog pressure may be readily secured without heating and drawing the iron: the nail holes are punched so that the nail furnished by us with the shoe may be driven, without the use of the pritchel to punch out the holes. The shoe, being made of the best quality of iron, may be bent cold to adapt it to the shape of the hoof.

Officers will at once see what a vast saving there is in the transportation of shoes requiring no forge with its heavy outfit and which are less than half the weight of the clumsy old patterns.





With Illustrations.

New York: Published by Wynkoop and Hallenbeck, No. 113 Fulton Street. 1873... Continue reading book >>

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