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Reader Commentary: September/October 2017


Pictured Above: Denison, Texas, shoer Jessica Lindner took a stand with other farriers who criticized a Horse Network article that made assumptions about farriers being perceived as "gods" by their clients. Photo: Rebecca Keith Photography

Rebuttal To Horse Owner Column

Thank you for running Jessica Linder’s excellent response (“I’m Not A God, I’m Just A Farrier,” americanfarriers.com/blogs) to the Horse Network’s column “Your Farrier Is Not A God.” It was extremely well written, clear and concise. I appreciate your effort to voice the thoughts and feelings that every one of us who have felt like screaming to the heavens more than once in our profession. Thank you!

— Diane Greene, Redding, Calif.

Also Thankful To Writer

As farriers, we are just trying to make a living and shouldn’t have to bend a knee, no pun intended, to an owner unwilling to educate themselves for the betterment of all parties involved in equine care. We can only do so much with what time we have. Thank you to Jessica Linder for writing this response to an obviously one-sided article written by a horse owner expecting a nonexistent ideology.

— Earl Ellerbee, Lake Placid, Fla.

More Thoughts On Nutrition

Your webinar “Feeding the Foot” was a good all-round review of the literature on equine nutrition. It could not detail all the clinical situations, although in general all were covered. For example, draft horses living in a hot dry climate exercising on roads and stabled 23 hours daily with “sandcracks,” benefited from…

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