Dealing with the Nasty Ones

Dealing with the Nasty Ones

When we asked farriers in a recent American Farriers Journal farrier industry survey how often they work with unruly horses, the results were surprising. The reality is that many of you are working with more unruly horses than anyone would have suspected.

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  • Study Finds Velagliflozin Effective for Reducing Insulin Levels in Ponies

    The new drug designed to treat hyperinsulinemia, velagliflozin from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, has proven effective in reducing post-meal insulin levels, according to a recent study conducted by Queensland University of Technology. The new drug targets the overproduction of insulin in response to glucose and excretes excess glucose in the urine.
  • Equine Podiatry Seminar Draws Farriers and Veterinarians

    A goal of the Equine Soundness Professionals is to bring farriers and veterinarians together as colleagues for footcare solutions for the horses they work with. To foster this spirit, the group hosted its first seminar on March 16, 2019, in Wellington, Fla.
  • Mechanism Triggering Rapid Cancer Growth After Treatment Also Seen in Chronic Hoof Disease

    Sometimes, after cancer cells have died and been cleared away, a tumor will respond by growing faster and more aggressively. Scientists are not sure why this occurs, but recent computer modeling may have given researchers the answer. Although cancer cells are not foreign invaders as are bacteria and fungi, there are similarities in the way they spread so rapidly in open space after some treatments.
  • New Equine Death Prompts Rule Changes at Santa Anita

    One day after the track reopened for limited training, another horse was euthanized after breaking both its front legs at Santa Anita Race Park. The young horse’s death set in motion a new wave of rules, including the banishment of whips and medications on race day, according to the Washington Post.
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    Pacific Northwest Farrier Programs Facing the Axe

    It seems that primary farrier education is under fire in the Pacific Northwest.
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    Rebranding Unwanted Horses

    When there is an unpleasant reputation around something, one way to reshape public perception is by changing the common terminology used. For example, when West Side business people of New York City wanted to erase the rough and crime-ridden reputation of the historic neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, they declared it should be known as “Clinton.”
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    An Old Farrier

    A bunch of young farriers stood looking down at a horse’s foot. They talked of what to do and how to do it, what measures to take to make the horse sound again, shaking their heads.
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    Veterinarian-Farrier Relationships Flourish When Egos Aren’t In The Way

    I enjoy discussing veterinarian-farrier relationships. This subject reminds me of a quote from the legendary Baltimore Sun writer H.L. Mencken: “For every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.” There’s not an easy answer to the question on improving veterinarian-farrier relationships because we are complex individuals.

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Conversations With Dave Gilliam, Shane Westman And Dr. Craig Lesser

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Vettec, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with spoke with Flower Mound, Texas, farrier Dave Gilliam and University of California, Davis farrier Shane Westman. He'll also discuss with Dr. Craig Lesser of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

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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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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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Glean handy and highly practical advice from top hoof-care professionals you can put to immediate use. You'll find tips for maximizing the life of your tools, best practice guidelines for dealing with laminitis, proven strategies for finding and keeping the right clients, pearls of wisdom from veteran hoof-care professionals and so many more!
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