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How to Measure the Hoof

Accurate hoof measurements should be taken directly after trim!
Measurements of the hoof should be taken at the widest and longest point when using a measuring tape. (see below)
When measuring untrimmed hooves or hooves currently in shoes, it is suggested that you allow for the 5 – 7 mm (13/64 – 9/32 of an inch)
that will be trimmed from the hoof before shoeing.
The width measurement is generally the most important as the shoes have an extra length that can be trimmed off.


A very helpful measuring tool to have is a TERRAFLEX™ Hoof Sizing Kit (Fit Kit). The Kit gives you the most accurate sizing.
Each Kit set contains four (4) different sizes of shoes, to try against a trimmed hoof to determine the correct fit. (see below)
Hoof Sizing Kits are suitable for determining hoof sizes on multiple hooves without requiring individual measurements. Particularly suited for
Trimmers, Farriers, or those sizing multiple hooves regularly.


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