|Description: Horse hoof knife, handle bone, blade metal. Blade curves, bent over on one end and the handle follows the curve of the blade. There is a slot cut out of the handle to insert the blade in and the blade is held in place by three small screws. |
A hoof knife is part of a set of tools that is used to 'shoe' a horse. To shoe a horse is to remove and replace a horseshoe. Before beginning to shoe, the farrier removes the old shoe using pincers (shoe pullers) and trims the hoof wall to the desired length with nippers, a sharp pliers-like tool, and the sole and frog of the hoof with a hoof knife. Shoes do not allow the hoof to wear down as it naturally would in the wild, and it can then become too long.
For more info, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe