Farrier Q&A: December 2016

What’s the best hoof-care tip you received this year?




Pictured Above: Experienced farriers need to lead by example and mentor young, up-and-coming farriers, says British Columbia farrier Tom Alphonse, pictured here.


A: I had been trimming an off-the-track Thoroughbred with flat feet and progress was slow. His feet wanted to “pancake” and he had thin soles.

Once his teeth were floated, his hooves improved dramatically. Now it seems with each trim his feet get more upright and stronger. The mouth is the first step in digestion and helps in nutrient absorption, which invariably benefits the feet.

— Nancy McLean, Columbia, Ill.

A: I extrapolate the expertise from a pool of different farriers and veterinarians treating complicated laminitis/founder cases and apply it to my case on hand. I formulate my approach with anticipation of moving forward or how to deal with a setback prior to commitment.

Usually I consult with at least four people prior to executing a viable plan. The advice I received is advice I’m giving — “It’s not fire, aim, ready,” but rather, “Ready, aim, fire.”

— Gary Werner, Smithtown, N.Y.

A: I’m a student at Fort Scott Community College and am taking a horseshoeing class. Chad Cross, my instructor, tells us to always stay positive. If you don’t care about your work, you won’t do it well. Always do your best and…

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