MVP's Farrier Services Tackles Hoof Concerns Across Disciplines

Laminitis, a coffin bone fracture and navicular syndrome are among the shoeing scenarios encountered during a typical day for this farrier team

Pictured Above: After we finish shoeing horses for the day, we typically head over to the shop where we make shoes for the horses on our books and practice forging.

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 highlighted farriers managing their businesses during the pandemic. This is the final installment. Read the other two articles at AmericanFarriers.com/0920

Farrier Takeaways

  • Farriers should be an early warning system and raise a red flag if there are signs of an issue. That means putting in the time and becoming knowledgeable of not only potential problems that horses may have and the signs of onset, but also how to communicate with veterinarians.
  • Working with barn staff, especially taking the time to talk to grooms and stall cleaners, can provide critical information about a horse’s activities and behaviors.
  • You don’t have to know everything to host a shop night, you just need to have a place to meet at a consistent time so people can plan — and then encourage sharing.

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Heather Beauchemin

Heather Beauchemin, CJF (TE), has been shoeing horses full-time at MVP’s Farrier Service Inc. since 2014. She is also the American Farrier’s Association communication chair.
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Vern Powell

Vern Powell, CJF (TE), is the owner of MVP’s Farrier Service and has been a farrier for 20 years. He is the chairman of the American Farrier’s Association Cultural Exchange Program and Region 3 Director.

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