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Biosecurity Protocols Limit Disruptions for Indiana Farrier During COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective client communication keeps Cody Bogard’s focus on providing solid hoof care


Pictured Above: Biosecurity was a priority for me before the COVID-19 pandemic, paving the way for a seamless transition. I frequently wash my hands, use disinfectants, spray down my tools in between stops and keep my distance from others. Photo: Kia Apple

Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19, travel has been limited in many states and restrictions placed on barns and other businesses. As a result, instead of the traditional “Shoeing for a Living” feature, we will highlight stories about farriers managing their businesses during the pandemic.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Previously implemented biosecurity procedures have made the transition during the COVID-19 pandemic fairly seamless.
  • Electronic payments and invoice flexibility for those experiencing financial difficulties have benefited Cody Bogard’s practice, clients and their horses.
  • Educating clients on the complexities of a case will help persuade them of the importance of diagnostic information that will inform you of how to properly address a pathology.
  • Holding a hammer handle loosely, and applying VetRap to the bottom of the tool will help your arm health, prevent you from losing your grip on it.

Providing hoof care during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in central Indiana was minimally disruptive to my business — partly because downtime was limited, but also because my practice already had biosecurity measures in place.

Like many states, Indiana imposed a stay-at-home order that initially only allowed essential businesses to operate. Since hoof care is integral to animal health and welfare, farriery qualifies as essential. Many of the boarding barns where…

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