“If a shoe is lost and the client is willing to wait for me to fix the problem at my convenience, I usually don’t charge extra when they have the shoe,” says Michael Chisham. “If they don’t have the shoe, I try to use an old shoe that will do the job and charge $10. I leave old shoes at the barns so clients have them in case of an emergency.”
When a new shoe is needed to replace a lost one, the Petaluma, Calif., farrier charges $25. If they have the shoe, but need to have it nailed back on right away, the charge is $35. If they don’t have the shoe and need it right away, he charges $50 and up, depending on the travel distance and the particular situation.
Preliminary data indicates oxidative stress, one of the same events that occurs with human organ failure due to blood poisoning, may develop in the laminae during early stages of laminitis. James Belknap, an Ohio State University researcher, is evaluating archived tissue samples to fully assess the importance of oxidative stress in dealing with early stage laminitis issues.
For cleaning typical minor cuts that don’t contain foreign material that are often suffered by farriers, Neal Schult recommends applying rubbing alcohol as its 70% alcohol content is very effective in killing germs. For cleaning…