Your Guide For Building Better Working Relationships With Farriers For The Health Of The Horse

Looking back through decades of American Farriers Journal issues, our first reference of veterinarian-farrier relationships dates back to 1978. Of course, the subject is much older than 45 years. Since magazine pages were first read, tremendous gains have been made in improving these relationships. Room to improve still remains with each industry, however.

For our 4th edition, we are honored to partner with the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NAEP) to bring you the insight on how to ensure you’re forming lasting relationships with farriers. There is no better group to work with on this endeavor than one whose mission is “Together for the Horse.” Ever since its inception, the NAEP has labored to bridge these two professions for the betterment of the horse.

The articles featured here bring advice on the subject from various NAEP board members — veterinarians and farriers. The advice here was gathered at the association’s annual Vet & Farrier Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. These practitioners share their unique perspectives, helping you avoid common pitfalls that cause these relationships to fail.

Professional, direct communication is the common thread from their shared insight. Because this advice is aimed for the veterinarian, we examine professional communication with farriers. Of course, an important part of this also examining the client’s role in this essential triangle.

The mast majority of our readers report great relationships with veterinary colleagues. We hope you’ll find tremendous value in these pages to continue your great work with farriers.  

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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