SttB Guide to Horseshoe Bending

Ready to take your bending up a notch?

As strength feats go, a spot of horseshoe bending is downright impressive. Here's a brief look at what it is, and how to get started.

What exactly is horseshoe bending? Aren't horseshoes already bent?

If you're used to bending things like nails, bolts and assorted pieces of steel, you're used to the goal being to bring the ends closer together.

In horseshoe bending the goal varies, but it typically involves moving the ends further apart (straightening out the shoe, if you like). Here's a brief clip from Mike 'The Machine' Bruce to show you what I mean :

Essential Equipment : Wraps

Cow hide wraps
Cow hide wraps.

As with the bending you're probably already used to, a good pair of wraps is a must.

For the basics of wrapping, check out Jedd's excellent article Advanced Nail Wrapping. If you're just after a good place to get them, try these :

Learning What To Do

Hammering Horseshoes
Hammering Horseshoes DVD.

As with the bending you're probably already used to, a good pair of wraps is a must.

Whether you're just getting started or looking to refine your technique, a bit of instruction goes a long way.

Although there are plenty of great resources both on- and offline, by far the best has to be the Hammering Horseshoes DVD by Jedd 'Napalm' Johnson and 'The Beast in the East' Mike Rinderle. It's absolutely fantastic.

You can grab a copy right here :


Final Thought on Horseshoe Bending

Bending - in any form - is one of the few strength-related activities that I perform at least once a day (and usually several). Once you try it, you'll understand why.

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