Each day, American Farriers Journal encounters a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at an aspect of the equine industry. Our favorite content for "This Week" is aggregated here. We hope it offers a useful tip to improve your hoof-care business, expands your knowledge by giving you something new to ponder, or entertains you when you need a break most.
- Shoeing Modifications to Increase Traction
- Book Honors Farriers Through Photographs
- Consider Nutraceuticals for Footcare
- Farrier Shows "Maximus" Effort
- A Passion for Continuing Education
In this back to basics series from Mustad Hoofcare, International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Grant Moon demonstrates how to modify a Delta Challenger DS8 for a horse that needs increased traction by fullering the heel and the toe and adding a rolled toe.
A project that has been 10 years in the making culminated this week when Newmarket, England, farrier Dr. Simon Curtis celebrated the launch of his new pictorial book, The Farrier. The book highlights about 80 farriers from six continents (there are no horses in Antarctica, Curtis reminds). If you missed the live launch party on Aug. 13, check out a replay of the event, which features a Q&A with the author.
In this episode of Farrier Focus podcast, Dr. Robert Eustace of The Laminitis Clinic, discusses the technical aspects of nutraceutical treatments that can be used on the horse's foot and the effects on growth and stability.
A de-constructed Andalusian Stallion Muscular abstract is taking shape under the artistic hand of Hampshire, England, farrier Nigel Fennell. Fennell has been progressing steadily on "Maximus" over the past three months. Check out his work in the time-lapse video below. For regular updates, view his Facebook page.
The farrier industry is one of the few that doesn’t require its members to continue their education — but that doesn't mean education shouldn't be a priority says Australian farrier Wesley Stewart. The owner and operator of Wesley Stewart Farrier Services and president of the Australian branch of the International Association of Professional Farriers offers his tips to stay abreast of industry advances and better serve the horse.