This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...of contraction. In m,y experience I never have found a smith who could catch the points of properly preparing the foot and fitting the shoes for such cases. In every instance I have been compelled to stand over the shoer and dictate every movement or do part of the work myself. First, the want of judgment in preparing the foot; second, in adapting the weight of the shoe to the foot, and fitting the clips so as to enable opening the quarters easily and surely as desired. Mr. Roberge's Method. Since writing the foregoing my attention has been called to a Flo. 592--Anterior Section of a Hind Hoot Made Vertically across the Center. Showing the Thickness ol Wall. very simple and practical method of opening the quarters for the cure of contraction, which is used with marked success, and illustrated in Pig. 5«6. devised by Mr. David Robcrgc, a practical horscshocr of great ingenuity and skill, located at No. 1«MJ West Thirtieth Street, New York City. Various methods of opening the heels on this plan are given, which are from French and other authorities, to show the great effort that has been made by mechanical means to overcome this difficulty. But Mr. Robcrgc. by giving more length to the;«ring, and simplifying its construction, makes it all that can be desired. The spring is made of steel, the exact proportion and adjustment of which is shown in Fig. 5»7. The wall is first weakened by sawing down slightly between the heel and frog, when the spring is placed in position with so much force given to it as may be thought necessary to press the heels outward as desired. The shoe is then nailed on over it, as ordinarily done. The pressure is gradual and constant, and must prove just the thing where both quarters will admit of equal...
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