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Day With A Clinician Helps Build Younger Farrier's Confidence

Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center provides Virginia shoer with her own 1-day consultation with Blake Brown


Blake Brown and Karen Killgore got down to ground level to discuss the hoof-care needs of one of the horses Killgore shoes in Northern Virginia. Killgore won a day in the field with Brown in a drawing at the 2010 International Hoof-Care Summit. The day was sponsored by Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, an International Hoof-Care Summit Educational Partner. Brown has been a clinician and technical adviser with Delta Mustad for 26 years.

Karen Killgore attended the 2010 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the same reason most farriers did; to further her hoof-care education. But Killgore got a surprise bonus when she won a chance to spend a day in the field with an experienced hoof-care clinician — in this case, Blake Brown. And as a result, some of Killgore’s clients got the benefit of an expert consultation — at no extra cost.

Killgore’s day with Brown was sponsored by Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, a Summit Educational Partner.

Brown, who spent more than 41 years shoeing horses, retired in 2004 from active shoeing. He spent the final 20 years of his career as the resident farrier at the Loomis Basin Medical Center in Northern California.

Brown joined Killgore in northern Virginia, accompanying her on her appointments for a day. Brown says it was actually very much like what he’s been doing on many other days since his “retirement.”

“As a consultant, I go around helping farriers with problem situations,” he said. “It’s also a lot like what I…

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