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Be More Effective In Scheduling Your Shoeing Work

When Esco Buff arranges a shoeing appointment, he adds travel time from the previous barn before scheduling the next customer. The Ontario, N.Y., farrier uses these scheduling requirements:

  • Trims: 1 hour for the first trim and 30 minutes for each additional trim.
  • Two Shoes: 90 minutes for the first horse and 45 minutes for each additional horse.
  • Four Shoes: 2 hours for the first horse and 1 hour for each additional horse.

“This lets me take my time, answer questions and concerns, slip in an extra horse if needed, tack on a missing shoe and so forth,” says Buff. “My customers feel completely serviced and are loyal because of this scheduling idea.”

Nutraceutical Helps In Treating Navicular Horses

Research at Auburn University indicates use of the nutraceutical product Consequin can help in treating navicular disease. Treatment of 14 horses that had previously been diagnosed with navicular syndrome demonstrated that the product was beneficial in reducing lameness scores.

What To Do When You Get Bit While Shoeing

If a horse that you’re trimming takes a bite out of your backside, you can’t afford to ignore it. Instead, treat the wound properly, maintain medical experts.

  • If the bite barely broke the skin, treat it as a minor wound. Clean the wound, apply an antibiotic cream and cover with a bandage.
  • If there’s a deep puncture, the skin is badly torn or bleeding, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
  • If after a couple of…
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