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For the 13th consecutive year, American Farriers Journal is proud to sponsor National Farriers Week, July 10-16, 2011. We’ve encouraged horse owners and all other members of the equine community to recognize the dedication and hard work that farriers display 365 days a year. We’ve asked them to acknowledge the important role that hoof-care professionals play in the health of their horses.
It’s no accident that National Farriers Week occurs during the second week of July each year. This is often the busiest season for many farriers. We know that’s when your dedication and professionalism are most evident, but figure that it’s also the time you could most use a little recognition and reinforcement from your clients.
“Being a farrier goes far beyond normal hoof care,” says Frank Lessiter, editor and publisher of American Farriers Journal. “Through National Farriers Week, we want to remind the equine community — especially horse owners — that horseshoers do so much more than normal trimmings and shoeing, all while sacrificing their bodies and often in less than ideal circumstances.”
In anticipation of National Farriers Week, the AFJ staff has issued press releases to dozens of general horse publications to help everyone understand the many hats worn by horseshoers. Through these alerts, we tried to bring the farrier to the forefront of horse owners’ minds. We’ve encouraged them to share stories with us that we can post on our website as part of the celebration. We’ve also posted a certificate…