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Farriers all have differences in how they approach their work. Get a group of farriers together and this is evident down to the most subtle detail. At the mid-February Anvil Brand clinic, two farriers — one also being a veterinarian — presented different perspectives on footcare while working on the
Hank Chisholm gave a direct presentation on how he manages the hind feet. Based in Lucedale, Miss., he has been shoeing since 1986 and is an American Farrier’s Association (AFA) certified journeyman farrier (CJF). Brian Beasley is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Georgia, but also is an AFA CJF. He studied veterinary medicine at the nearby University of Illinois.
The circumstances of their practices led to the differing practices, but both delivered practical information for the clinic attendees, regardless of the type of work or horses on their books.
Beasley demonstrated gluing shoes on the fore feet. Although a significant portion of…