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Dr. Lydia Mudd of Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, Ind., discusses a hoof-care case with Lebanon, Ind., farrier Dion O’Brien. The pair has forged a collaborative working relationship that benefits their respective footcare practices, and more importantly, the horse.

Build A Great Team With Farriers

It requires a team to care for the horse. No one should recognize that more than you, the equine veterinarian. Through your work each day, you work with an incredible mixture of people committed to the horse

Farriers are a crucial group for you to work with. Together, the veterinarian-farrier team helps horses maintain soundness and overcome a myriad of hoof and limb problems.

And while the majority of veterinarians and farriers strive to work well together, the veterinarian-farrier relationship can be strained at times. The reasons for this can be as complex as the horse itself. And often, the conflict between the veterinarian and farrier leaves clients and their horses caught in the middle, resulting in poor care.

At American Farriers Journal, we have served the farrier industry for nearly 45 years. Throughout that time, the veterinarian- farrier relationship has been a popular topic in our coverage. And although we have seen tremendous improvement with this working team, we want to further this growth.

With this special report, we share insight about the farrier industry and helpful advice from equine veterinarians on how they start and maintain strong working relationships with farriers. You will receive a better understanding of farriers and a fresh perspective on how you can do your part to achieve your best with your critical hoof-care colleagues. 

When you return to the barns and farms with this insight, the farriers you work with and the horses you care for will thank you.  

Yours for better…

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern is the former Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is president of American Horse Publications.

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