American Farriers Journal editor Jeremy McGovern recently sat down for a conversation with with renowned farrier and lecturer Dr. Simon Curtis.
Based in Newmarket, the racing center of England, Curtis has a long family history of farriery, dating back generations. Having received his PhD in hoof development and growth from the University of Central Lancashire with his thesis; The effect of loading upon hoof growth and hoof shape in Thoroughbred foals.
Although he travels the world lecturing on footcare, Curtis still enjoys farriery occasionally finding time to get out shoe horses, even following his retirement from Rossdales.
In this podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, Curtis discusses his family history with farriery, education and discoveries regarding hoof growth in foals and his experiences as an authority on hooves.
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Intro Music: Gillicuddy - Adventure Darling
Interlude Music: Gillicuddy - Bending The Reed
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