Briefings: May/June 2020

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3D-printed cast-on carbon fiber interface.

South African Farrier Takes Shoeing Efficiency to a New Level

Farriers seemingly are always on the lookout for strategies to improve their efficiency while trimming and shoeing horses. South African farrier Derek Poupard has found a way to change shoes in a matter of seconds, according to Thoroughbred Racing.

Poupard’s technique is borne out of necessity. Newmarket, England, trainer Charlie Appleby, for whom Poupard shoes, trains horses without shoes, having them applied only on race days to comply with the rules. As a result, Poupard aims to make the foot as natural as possible. He does so by creating a 3D-printed cast-on carbon fiber interface that allows him to screw on an aluminum shoe. Visit to learn more.

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Patrick Quinn applies impression material to the nose area to prevent his glasses from fogging while working.

Prevent Fogging Glasses with Impression Material

Wearing a mask to protect your respiratory system while grinding, gluing, not to mention social distancing, farriers with glasses often struggle with fogged lenses. One farrier has found a way to solve the problem with materials on his rig.

“To prevent fogging while working, take impression material and apply it to the nose area,” suggests Patrick Quinn, a Frederick, Md., shoer. “Wear the mask while it hardens. It works great.”

Hoof Quality: is Biotin Enough?

According to Nicole Sicely, an independent equine nutritionist who owns Custom Equine Nutrition, biotin is just one piece of the healthy hoof puzzle.

Horses produce B vitamins…

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