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How Trimming Methods Influence Equine Gait and Load

How Trimming Methods Influence Equine Gait and Load

The main goals of hoof trimming are to promote the soundness of the hooves and the limbs, support the biomechanical efficiency, and maintain the functionality of the equine foot. During motion, in particular, it is of importance to optimize forces acting on the hoof to maintain structural integrity and function of the equine toe. However, there is no agreement on how to achieve these goals.

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    Cliff Carroll Winds Down His “Enjoyable Adventure” in Farriery

    It's been quite a journey for Cliff Carroll. He's been a jack-of-all-trades in the shoeing industry for more than a half-century — a farrier, supply shop owner, tool innovator and manufacturer. Now, the Larkspur, Colo., farrier is preparing for the next chapter of his life.
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    Farrier School’s “Lawsuit is About So Much More than Horseshoeing”

    Esteban Narez wants to learn how to properly trim and shoe a horse. Bob Smith of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School wants to teach Narez how to do it. It’s a simple and mutually beneficial arrangement, at least until the state of California enters the picture.
  • Follow the 'Golden Rule' When Setting Your Footcare Prices

    When it comes to setting prices, everyone has a different approach. Advertising copywriter and marketing consultant Bob Bly follows the golden rule that says you should do unto others as you want others to do unto you. What hoof-care pricing structure do you follow?
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    Chicago Carriage Horse Foes’ Claims Ring Hollow

    In a time when small businesses across the country are struggling for survival amidst a global pandemic, Chicago is celebrating the imminent death of one of its long-time taxpayers — the carriage horse industry.

American Farriers Journal Podcast

A Conversation with Robin "RT" Goodrich

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, Executive Editor Jeremy McGovern chats with AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier Robin "RT" Goodrich.

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2019 Innovators Guide

On behalf of the American Farriers Journal team, we’re pleased to bring you the 2019 Farrier Industry Innovators — a unique guide that highlights the people and stories behind the companies that provide innovative solutions for the hoof care problems of today and tomorrow.

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45 Memorable Articles from the History of American Farriers Journal

45 Memorable Articles from the History of American Farriers Journal

When the editors of American Farriers Journal discussed how to celebrate our 45th anniversary, we wanted to create something nostalgic for veteran farriers and provide historical context for younger farriers. Yet to truly cover the history of hoof-care thoughts of 5 decades, we would have to amass volumes. With this special report, we highlight influential articles and entries from the magazine. For each year, we selected a single article that marked an event, a trend, monumental change or important information and discuss its significance.
2019 Farrier Business Practices Report

2019 Farrier Business Practices Report

This annual report is your personal guide for monitoring the trends and economic changes affecting the farrier industry. You’ll gain insight into the equine industry and discover how your farrier business compares to others by getting a glimpse at yearly farrier income growth, what farriers are charging, how farriers are funding retirement, where they are obtaining footcare product information, and much more!

Special Report for Equine Veterinarians

Special Report for Equine Veterinarians

It requires a team to care for the horse. This special 34-page report is your guide for building better working relationships with farriers for the health of the horse. In this report for equine veterinarians, gain insight about the farrier industry and helpful advice from equine veterinarians on how they start and maintain strong working relationships with farriers.

Hall Of Fame Farrier Tips - Volume 4

Hall Of Fame Farrier Tips - Volume 4

The latest edition of Hall of Fame Farrier Tips features a plethora of valuable advice from respected veteran members of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. Each was interviewed on various topics they thought every farrier should know; such as how to find hoof-care business success, steps for effectively shoeing horses, bridging the communication gap between veterinarians and farriers, and much more!

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