Briefings: March 2017

Strategy For Dictating Your Work Schedule

After having back surgery, Hillsborough, N.C., farrier Jeff Denson wanted more balance to his work and family life, so he established working hours of 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for his practice.

“My plan is to do a much better job scheduling,” he explains. “If I have a stop that goes past 2, I’m going to go home. My last appointment for the day would be at 12:45. That would be a one-horse stop or a few trims. I always do emergency calls first thing in the morning. If a horse is hurt from something shoe related, I’m going no matter what time it is. For the most part, I travel 15 minutes from my house. I also have three farriers that I’ve trained who shoe in the same area, and I’ll rely on them.”

Shoeing To A Prescription

In an American Farriers Journal exclusive survey, we asked farriers about a scenario in which they are dictated a shoeing prescription from a veterinarian whom they disagree with. Of the responses, 10% felt it would be best to quit the account, 18% would not quit, but would refuse to work with this horse, 6% would shoe the horse, but would look to quit the barn; and 66% would shoe as prescribed.

One respondent recommends following the instructions, but writing “as prescribed” on the invoice.

Use The Correct Heat For Your Burn

There’s a popular belief that hot shoeing doesn’t harm a horse. However, that’s not…

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