10 Common Traits Of Successful Farriers
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10 Common Traits Of Successful Farriers

Growing up, I spent a lot of time around the world’s best farriers as they came to our home and were trained by my father, Dr. Doug Butler. I was able to work side-by-side with many of them as they became master craftsmen and learned the fundamentals of farriery. I also have worked and consulted with farriers from around the world.

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    Back in January 2013, Delaware, Ohio, farrier Dean Moshier was invited to be on an online radio show, Stable Scoop, on Horse Radio Network. In it, he discussed a top 10 list of what most farriers wanted their clients to know. Over the last 3 years, these questions and answers have evolved, mainly influenced by client interactions within Moshier’s practice.
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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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Measuring The Hoof In Radiographs And Photographs

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Farriers and veterinarians who wish to collect good data on the cases they see should consider getting to the next level in how they photograph and radiograph the hoof. In this webinar replay, EponaMind Vice President John Craig teaches you how to take effective photographs and radiographs of the hoof, the basics of image calibration, how artificial intelligence is here to do the work for you and more. 

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