Q: Do all horse shoes have
the same number of holes for the nails? If so, how many nails are required per
A: Do all shoes have the same
number of holes for nails? No.
Shoes for sport horses and saddle horses, trail or pleasure, usually have a
total of 8 nail holes per shoe, unless the shoes are hand made. If they are hand
made, the number of nail holes will depend upon the maker of the shoes.
Consideration will be given to what he or she feels is the necessary number of
nails to hold the shoe to the foot.
The larger factory made shoes for heavy carriage and draft horses will normally
have 8 to 10 nail holes per shoe.
How many nails are required per shoe? Normally good footed horses require 6
nails--3 on each side-- beginning at the toe. Nails should not be placed behind
the widest part of the horse's foot. Nails placed to the rear of the widest part
of the horse's foot will restrict the amount of flexion. Flexion is necessary
for the normal healthy hoof wall. Some farriers will place additional nails
(more than 6) if they feel the horse will be in rough going and require more
security to keep the shoe on the foot.
I hope that this answers your question satisfactorily. If not, get back to me
and I will elaborate further.
The Village Blacksmith