A clinch cutter consists of two parts, the blade and the point. The blade, preferably an inch wide, is used to cut or to raise clinches. It is placed under the clinch and struck with the driving hammer. The point is used to punch nails and broken stubs out of the hoof. It can be used to raise the head of a nail from the creases of a shoe sufficiently to enable the pull offs to grasp the nail head for removal. The pointed end can also double as a hoof pick.

For more information about the horse’s hoof, see External Parts of the Horse Hoof and Evaluating the Hoof and Trim Job




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