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Each year, the International Hoof-Care Summit provides an opportunity for hundreds of equine footcare professionals to attend lectures and discussions to help further their education. Another draw is the Trade Show, giving attendees 9 hours of access to suppliers and products. Farriers and equine veterinarians are able to learn about what’s new for 2010 and also share a new tip with a manufacturer about a product they use.
We surveyed 2010 Summit attendees for what products they found most interesting. Their top 10 picks are a blend of some familiar products, as well as others new to the market.
Smart Tie Products, Hugo, Minn.
You wouldn’t expect a company marketing cross-ties to be a major draw for a conference based on hoof care. Still, Smart Tie Products found otherwise.
“Farriers are often the most trusted people for the horseowner,” says Bill Ramberg, one of The Clip’s developers. “They look to the farrier as one with a wide professional outlook in areas like using a product like this.”
The product is an aluminum clip with a ring for dual ties to run through. The horse is secure, yet the knot can be quickly released in case of emergency. The lead length can be easily changed by sliding the rope with a push-pull motion to the desired length. Ramberg believes that the versatility and portability of this horse-tying system will go a long way with shoers.
“It creates a safe working environment for both the farrier and horse,” says Ramberg…