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What Makes a Professional Farrier?

What Makes a Professional Farrier?

A farrier gets a call. The voice on the others end of the line asks how much to shoe a horse. He is told. That voice then says he needs his horse Dobbin shod by tomorrow late afternoon. The prospective client gives an address and signs off, “See you then.” 

News & Notes

  • Swedish Farrier Björn Berg Passes Away

    Fjärås, Sweden, and Wellington, Fla., farrier Björn Berg, CJF, APF, passed away Oct. 29, 2022. He was 61.

  • Hoof-Care Highlights: November 26, 2022

    This Week: Hoof-care professionals across the country and the ocean are sharing what they know with others in the industry through social media, webinars and videos. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Lincoln Memorial University Accepting Equine Veterinary Applications

    Lincoln Memorial University is accepting applications to its Equine Veterinary Education Program, which is set for review in spring 2023. The program will welcome its first accepted applicants in fall 2023.

  • Hoof-Care Highlights: November 19, 2022

    This Week: Hoof-care professionals across the country and the ocean are sharing what they know with others in the industry through social media, webinars and videos. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Dealing with Thrush and White Line Disease
Combining topical treatments with good hoof care will help you keep these common problems under control.

Why Equine Bones Break and Tendons Rupture
Understanding anatomy and physics can help prevent severe injuries.

Use Sugar to Treat Those Nasty Hoof Wound Injuries
The remarkable use of sugardine is now accepted more frequently by many veterinarians and farriers because of successful results and its economic significance.

Cryotherapy’s Role in Helping Lame Horses
Researchers examine cryotherapy’s analgesic effects with study of horses with induced lameness.

Back Up the Horse’s Entire Foot, Not Just the Toe
"Backing up the toe" might make the foot look aesthetically pleasing, but 6 weeks later all the work that was done previously needs to be done again. Focusing on just the toe leaves out the rest of the foot. Instead of thinking of backing up the toe, the focus needs to be on “backing up the whole foot.”

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Attend the 2023 International Hoof-Care Summit

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The International Hoof-Care Summit is returning to the Duke Energy Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 24-27, 2023, for a blockbuster 20th anniversary event filled with focused learning that will change your practice forever.

As we embark on our third decade, our goal is to continue to help you expand your hoof-care education through a focused educational program covering the most important topics to today’s equine footcare professionals. The 20th annual Summit offers dozens of hours of solid answers to your most critical challenges from outstanding farriers, equine vets and hoof researchers. Get a first look at 2023’s newest and best products at the Summit Trade Show. And profit from unlimited “face-to-face” hallway networking time with the giants of the footcare profession.

Come see for yourself why past attendees say they take home an average of $4,576 in ready-to-use ideas!

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South African Farrier Discusses the Role of 3D Printing

South African farrier Derek Poupard discusses the role of 3D printing in his hoof-care practice at Godolphin Stables in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Poupard was featured in the April 2021 issue of American Farriers Journal.

 

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This 38 page report will guide you through the importance of learning and developing horsemanship, making the farriery process easier, safer, and more enjoyable. This report will provide you with basic horsemanship skills that are crucial for avoiding horse and human injury, as well as becoming a successful farrier. 


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Hall Of Fame Farrier Tips - Volume 5

Hall Of Fame Farrier Tips - Volume 5

This 5th 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 apply a frog plate to a keg shoe, tips to becoming more efficient, fundamentals of hoof care, tips on how to avoid volatile situations, and much more! Hall of Fame Farrier Tips Volume 5 will provide you with applicable advice on an extraordinary range of hoof-care topics.

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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.
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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!

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