The Mystery Of Moisture And The Equine Foot
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The Mystery Of Moisture And The Equine Foot

It’s easy for farriers to think of a hoof as a sponge that easily soaks up water from the environment. But scientific studies find no difference in relative hydration between hooves from wet or dry environments. What’s actually going on in hoof hydration is far more complicated.

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  • Farrier School Sees First All-Women Class In Its 30-Year History

    Farriers aren’t seen as the horse wranglers that they once were in the Wild West — gruff men who tackled horses, five o’clock shadows and calloused hands. There’s a changing trend of horseshoeing being seen as a “caregiving role,” says Bob Smith, founder of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School (PCHS) in Plymouth, Calif. More women are gravitating to this trade due to the appeal of helping horses and the freedom that comes with it.
  • Rood & Riddle Seeks Farrier

    Do you want to expand your career in the equine industry? Do you have previous horse handling experience, general equine knowledge and a valid driver’s license? If so, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is seeking a farrier, needed at both the Lexington and Saratoga Springs locations.
  • Using Hoof Packing | Retirement Savings

    This week's facts and figures... What’s The Most Common Reason For Using Hoof Packing? Are You Saving Enough For Retirement? This edition of Farrier Facts & Figures is brought to you by Markel Insurance Co.
  • Former Arizona Farrier Vern Miles Passes Away

    Hereford, Ariz., farrier Vern Miles passed away from colon cancer on Oct. 12, 2018. He was 78.
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    Professionalism Doesn’t Cost Much

    In every Farrier Business Practices Survey that we have conducted (including the upcoming 2018 edition), more than 90% of working farriers have at least one backyard horse client. Because of this, backyard horses are called the backbone of the industry.
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    Work Wisely With An Eye On The Future

    A few years ago, my bad back ended my ability to get under horses. I still help other farriers shoe horses, but I don’t get under them anymore. My back was not injured from horses. It was ruined by crawling in and out of trucks to get what I needed — from having an inefficient rig. I hurt myself more by lifting anvils than I ever did picking up a horse’s foot. When you’re short as I am, you have to get it way above belt level to get it back into the truck.
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    Canada Vet Law Underscores U.S. Farriers’ Call To Retain Exemption

    When the American Veterinary Medical Association proposed eliminating the farrier exemption from its Model Veterinary Practice Act, the hoof-care industry’s response was resoundingly unfavorable.
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    Don’t Forget To Protect Yourself

    Most farriers complete each day having accomplished what they set out to do — helping horses. Then there are days when things go sideways and the plan goes out the window.

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A Conversation With Curtis Burns

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with Wellington, Fla., farrier Curtis Burns, who shares details of his rollercoaster of a career path.

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Laminitis: Research And Recommendations On Management For Horse Owners And Horse Care Professionals

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Dr. James Orsini, Director of the Laminitis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, presents the latest research and practical approaches to dealing with laminitis — equine’s most dreaded disease.

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Red Flags For Farriers

Red Flags For Farriers

This incredibly detailed 62-page report features detailed information on a variety of areas that hoof-care professionals have reported as impediments to the success of their business, challenges in their everyday hoof-care work and threats to the health of their horses’ feet. From posture problems to recognizing when to fire a client, this report will provide you with tips and advice to get your hands around minor issues early, before they escalate into major ones.

The Horse's of Assateague Island

The Horse's of Assateague Island

See the hooves and feet of the wild horses from the Assateague Island National Seashore – a wet environment located along the southern border of Maryland and the northern border of Virginia. Examined in this detailed 24-page photo essay is a collection of 12 wild horses that died of natural causes or accidental death at the hands of humans between 2006 and 2014.
Critical Concerns When Making Traction Decisions

Critical Concerns When Making Traction Decisions

Too much or too little traction can lead to poor performance or even catastrophic injury. This insightful 16-page report explores the positive and negative effects of adding traction devices to shoes so you can avoid any detrimental outcomes.
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