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Why Repetitive Foot Injuries Are Major Concerns

Due to the constant pounding in training and racing, Susan Stover says, many Thoroughbreds end up with microscopic bone damage as the injured horse swaps damaged tissue for new tissue. However, the University of California veterinary researcher at Davis, Calif., found that more than 90 percent of tissue sampled from racehorses that had died or were euthanized after leg fractures had pre-existing bone damage.

Charge More If You Have To Drive More Miles

Ever guess how much happier you’d be if you only shod horses located close to home rather than spending the typical 7 hours of driving (363 miles) each week that is done by American Farriers Journal subscribers? Two economists at the Switzerland’s University of Zurich found an hour-long daily commute requires a 40 percent boost in income to make commuters as satisfied with their lives as folks who work much closer to home.

It Pays for Farriers, Vets To Enjoy A Meal Together

When Amy Rucker was in veterinary school, she got some solid advice while interning for a month in a practice in Missoula, Mont. “They told me that when you get to where you’re going, find the best farrier in the area and have lunch together a couple times a month,” says the equine veterinarian at Rolla, Mo. “You’ll discuss cases and ideas, send each other business and know what is going on with your horses.”

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