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When hearing the word “technology,” farriers may immediately visualize products such as a laptop or cell phone. Useful technology, however, is not solely limited to devices but also includes the programs and software that can be run on them.
Over the last decade, computer programs specifically designed for the equine industry have helped revolutionize the businesses of farriers because they apply directly to the needs of hoof-care professionals. Here’s a look at how different equine-specific software can transform farriery businesses as well as a farrier’s daily approach to shoeing.
From The Classroom To The Barn
Continued education through conferences, clinics, books and other sources acts as an important base for any successful farrier. The Glass Horse not only brings hoof-care education to the computer, but also presents farriers with an interactive 3-D exploration of the horse’s foot that no textbook can match. Moreover, the program accompanies the interactive models of the distal limb with informative narrations composed of the lecture notes of Professor Andrew Parks at the University of Georgia, who worked on The Glass Horse as a content advisor.
“It’s all about how you think about things,” says Parks, while stressing the uniqueness of the program’s interactive models. “It’s not what you know, but all about how you think about what you know.”
Understanding the 3-D shapes of the limb can help farriers visualize what is going on inside a horse’s foot. Farrier John Suttle of Valley Ford, Calif…