Cyrill ZuberHuftech

Cooperation between farrier and veterinarian


Why Huftech?

The idea for Huftech came out of the hope to be able to help horses with hoof problems sustainably. On the occasion of various conversations with professionally competent people (veterinarians, blacksmiths, etc.) my enthusiasm and the courage to train myself personally grew. In order to implement Huftech, a new infrastructure was of course needed and so from November 2010 a top equipped blacksmith's shop was established in Bolligen. Thus we had all necessary possibilities to shoe and treat horses.

Since 01. March 2016 we are new in the forge directly at the Tierspital Bern. This allows us to work even more closely together with the vet and the farrier, which is the ideal situation. Treatments are thus carried out in close cooperation with a veterinarian, so that we can also carry out digital X-rays (position assessments), create venograms (blood circulation in the hoof), etc.

Cyrill Zuber, Huf-Schmied
Position appraisals

Position appraisals are possible in many different ways:

It is also possible to make a video of the horse's foot in a given case, which makes it possible to assess the position not least in slow motion. As you can see, there are several ways to help your darling. Please call me if you have any questions.

Digital radiography

We work with a mobile, digital X-ray machine. This is exclusively and professionally operated by a veterinarian. The advantages are obvious:


If your horse requires special hoof treatment from a medical or therapeutic point of view, it makes sense for the farrier, veterinarian and owner to work closely together to find a tailor-made solution for your horse's hoof. With a venogram the blood circulation of the hoof can be determined. For example, healthy blood circulation means healthy horn growth. Furthermore, irregularities can be detected immediately. After injecting a contrast medium, 3 pictures from different sides are taken within 45 seconds. The video gives you an understandable insight. We work with a mobile, digital X-ray machine. This is exclusively and professionally operated by a veterinarian. The advantages are obvious: The foundation stone is the observation of the blood circulation. In addition, a venogram can also be used to determine laminitis or even inflammation of the skin of the hoof in barhoofs.

We hope you enjoy watching the video.

Students Veterinary Medicine

As a farrier it is always a great pleasure for me to introduce students of veterinary medicine to the realm of my profession. On Friday, 30 November 2018, two groups of about 20 students each visited my smithy and a first practical course. Sandra Schweizer summarized this from the students' point of view as follows:

"Last Friday, veterinary medicine students in their fourth semester at the Horse Clinic Bern had a change of pace ahead of them. Farrier Cyrill Zuber welcomed the students in the blacksmith's shop at the animal hospital to give them an understanding of the following topics in a 45-minute course: Laminitis, abscesses, cutting out (front and back), shoeing. The students were offered an exciting, instructive insight into the work of the blacksmith due to the great specialist knowledge and the opportunity to experience the blacksmith's work live. The course showed how close veterinary medicine and farriery are in this field and how they have to work together".

Many thanks to Sandra for the short, informative contribution. Here are some impressions of this event: