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Our American Farriers Journal 35th Anniversary issue (July/August, 2010), included an article in which we went back through the archives and highlighted the first time 35 great farriers contributed to or were written about in the pages of this magazine.
One of the first things we noticed while putting together that article was that a lot more than 35 great farriers deserved to be recognized. With that in mind, we’re going back to the archives for this issue and recalling the premier appearance of 35 more farriers who have helped make AFJ “The Hands-On Magazine For Hoof-Care Professionals.”
1. Jamie Jackson, one of the pioneers of the “Natural Hoof” movement, contributed an article in the March/April, 1993 issue entitled, “Freeze-Dry Those Very Unique Hooves.” Jackson described a procedure he used to preserve some of the unusual hooves he came across during his research on wild horses in the Great Basin area of the United States. He noted that freeze-dried hooves could be “a striking and helpful adjunct to the farrier’s role as student and teacher.”
2. International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in California, contributed an article on getting longer life out of hoof nippers in the September/October, 1993 issue.
Among Smith’s suggestions: “Cut — don’t pry. Let the nippers do the cutting. Don’t drop your hands or twist them at the end of the cut.” Also, “Make all your cuts count. All cutting tools have a certain…