Gemma Tattersall explains how to tap a stud hole before a competition.
Differing weather conditions can make conditions underfoot rather treacherous. To overcome this problem, many people will ask their farrier to put stud holes in the horse’s shoe so that a metal stud can be fitted to reduce the risk of slipping. The night or morning before a competition, the stud holes need to be tapped to cut a thread where the stud will be screwed in. The hole is then plugged with something such as cotton wool soaked in oil to prevent rusting.
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