Frequently Asked Questions


Is the COBIT only used for shoeing a horse?

The Center of Balance Indicating Tool can be used when trimming a barefoot horse or shoeing a horse.


Can the COBIT be used for horses that are not sound?

The Center of Balance Indicating Tool can be used on any type of foot - sound or not sound. It is very helpful to keep sound horses sound and especially helpful with horses that have hoof, lameness and sore body issues.


When will I see improvement in my horse's feet when using the COBIT?

If there is severe lameness or body soreness you will see an immediate improvement in the horse in many ways - how it stands, relief from pain, and change in attitude. For other feet issues it may take some time to see improvement but if the COBIT is used every time when trimming/shoeing there will be differences in your horse each time. Remember that once you start finding the center of balance and correct breakover every time you trim barefoot or shoe a horse, the whole horse is affected by the change - feet, legs, skeleton, and muscles.

There are no quick fixes or shortcuts when horseshoeing. Using the COBIT does give immediate results but it is the long term results that are the MOST important.


What size of COBIT is available?

When you purchase a COBIT you will recieve a kit of a large and small COBIT, a holding screw, a metal ruler, a marker and instruction pamphlet. The small COBIT will fit most quarter horse size feet. The large fits most warmbloods or horses with large feet.

As of January 27, 2022 you are now able to purchase a single Large COBIT or a single Small COBIT. See our STORE page for more details.


Where is the COBIT made?

The Center of Balance Indicating Tool is manufactured by S3 WIREFORM INC in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

There is a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.


Do you have Social Media Accounts?

Yes we do! We would love for you to follow our social media accounts. They can be found by searching for Ross Smith Center of Balance Horseshoeing or clicking on the links below. There will be lots of information on our Facebook and Instagram that will enhance your learning experience.

We now have a YouTube channel that features all the videos from the website and more - check it out!

As of May 26, 2022 we are on TikTok!


When I get my order what should I do first?

Please read the step by step instruction pamphlet in the kit carefully and watch the videos on our "COBIT" page of this website. Both videos - adding shoes and barefoot trim - on "How to Use the COBIT" explains everything you need to know on how to use the Center of Balance Indicating Tool from the initial trim to the finished product.


Are there any safety issues I need to know when using the Center of Balance Indicating Tool?

The holding screw on the COBIT ALWAYS goes to the outside of the horse's foot. If it is not placed on the outside of the horse's foot and the horse moves, he can injure himself with the holding screw.

The COBIT should ALWAYS be placed on the horse's foot when holding the foot in your hands. If the horse should pull his foot from between your legs while the COBIT is on the foot you can be injured.

Remember that horses can be dangerous and all safety procedures should be followed when handling a horse when using a COBIT.



How do I order a COBIT?

Please go to our "STORE" as shown on the top of this page or press the link below.

Please note: customers outside of Canada will have to pay import taxes and duty as applicable.