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, draft X 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!
I am looking for a farrier, is Ross available?
No. Ross is no longer accepting clients.
I am interested in finding our more about the COBIT. How do I go about that?
You can host a demonstration at your place or a facility near you.
If you trim your own horses you might be interested in a CLINIC where you actually trim your own horse with the COBIT and use the Ross Smith Center of Balance Horse Shoeing method. There is also the option of a one on one training session with Ross in Moose Jaw.
What are the duties of the host if I decide to have Ross and the Team give a Demonstration or CLINIC of the COBIT?
The host's duties are to find folks who want to learn about the COBIT, may be thinking about learning how to trim a horse's feet or do not have time for the CLINIC.
If the host has Facebook they can post an announcement that they are holding a demonstration so that folks can attend. Ross Smith Center of Balance Horseshoeing will also create a post for their Facebook and Instagram and add the information to their schedule on the website. The demonstration begins at 1 pm and ends around 4 pm.
A demonstration is free to anyone who attends. We require at least 8 to 10 people at a demonstration. More is always better!
The host should have an area where the folks can gather for the theory portion of the demonstration and where Ross can trim a horse's feet to show everyone how the COBIT works .
Also in consultation with Ross a horse must be found for Ross to trim during the demonstration portion.
What happens during a demonstration of the COBIT?
The demonstration session is for folks who are interested in learning about the COBIT and Ross Smith Center of Balance Horseshoeing method. Anyone can attend horse owners, farriers, veterinarians, folks who trim their own horse, and anyone wanting to learn more about their horse's feet.
The first part is the theory session where participants learn the history of the COBIT and how it came to be invented. You also learn about the research behind the COBIT and what happens when a horse is trimmed/shoed using it.
Ross will then demonstrate how to use the COBIT on a horse and then trim the horse's feet while talking about what is happening to the horse as he goes along.