What is Good Horse Shoeing?
What's the difference between hot and cold shoeing?
Hot Shoeing as it's referred to in modern times is the applying of hot shoes to the horses' hooves. The blacksmith then returns to the anvil to make changes if necessary, cools the shoes and nails them into place. The advantages of this method are many:
Sometimes the impression of clouds of smoke cascading to the roof of the stable is left by the adversaries of hot shoeing. It's further pointed out how the moisture is drawn out of the hoof by using this method. Naturally both of these points would be true if the hot shoeing system was applied wrong. An automobile in unqualified hands can be extremely dangerous, while in proper hands is of unlimited usefulness.
Cold shoeing is to take a cold shoe and shape it as best you can to
the hoof and nail it into position. Even if clips have been drawn(or purchased clipped) with
heat but the hot shoe has not touched the hoof, this is still cold
shoeing. If the horse has shoes put on hot but when it's time for a
reset the shoes are not heated and again touched to the hoof hot, then
the reset is cold. This is common because the shoes have already been custom fitted and so a cold reset is practical. Also if the shoes have caulks, the center borium pin will often loosen and drop out if re heated. Now, there may be other good reasons as to resetting
cold, but that's not the point. You should recognize the difference
between hot and cold shoeing and know what is being done. There is
a time and place for cold shoeing but the advantages of this system
are mostly in favour of the blacksmith.