Third Career Is a Charm

Third Career Is a Charm

Loomis, Calif., farrier Donnie Karr shapes a shoe while working at a small ranch in Granite City, Calif. Karr has been shoeing full-time for just over 13 years. This particular ranch is home to a number of cutting horses, as well as other horses used in Western riding disciplines.

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    WCB Polishing Up World Championship Crown for 2020

    It’s been 5 years since a world champion farrier was last crowned in Calgary, Alberta. The good news is there will be a new one in 2020.
  • No Matter the Path a Young Farrier Takes, the Learning Curve is Steep

    There are many paths to take to becoming a farrier. There is no right or wrong path to take. As a young person getting started, they say a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step. I’m going to tell you about my first step and journey from school to a year into my apprenticeship.
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    Without a Will, Who’ll Get Your Shoeing Rig?

    When Aretha Franklin, Howard Hughes and Prince died without having bothered to create a legal will, they left their huge estates in a disastrous legal mess. While a farrier’s assets and property aren’t likely to be anywhere close to the value of what these three well-known individuals left behind, you want the legal protection that can be yours by taking a few hours to pull together a needed legal document.
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    Let’s Wait Until Spring

    The words felt like wads of cotton in my mouth — thick, difficult to swallow. I could barely spit them out: “Neal, should I put her down?” “Neal” is my farrier, Neal Martin; “her” is Annie, my defiant, independent little rescue pony. Neal’s answer: “Let’s wait until spring.”

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Interview With Dr. Raul Bras(Also The Benefit Of Electronic Payments)

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by HorseLinc, we're joined by Dr. Raul Bras who discusses the hoof-care lessons he received from Paso Finos and Misty Pleiness who shares her strategy for improving your cash flow as a farrier.

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Progressive Options for the Treatment and Management of Hoof Capsule Distortions

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Farriers are often challenged in managing the various hoof capsule distortions that horses present. Stuart Muir, a resident farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., reviews some successful strategies he has employed in addressing distortions. His presentation focuses on modern and unique tools that farriers can consider for the horses they work with.

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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!

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.

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