Farriers Research Each Day, Why Not Document It?

Collecting and sharing data improves the life of the horse and the industry

Third In A Series

This is the third in a series on researching the equine foot. The first article, “Bringing The Hoof To Scientific Research,” was published on Pages 40-43 in the December 2017 issue. The second, “Groups Aim To Boost Hoof-Care Research,” was published on Pages 88-91 in the January/February 2018 issue.

Conducting research has a reputation for being a daunting task. Most farriers even find it intimidating. Yet, hoof-care and research share common ground.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary de­fines research as, a “studious inquiry or examination; especially [an] investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • You likely will spend more time carrying out and troubleshooting
    experiments than collecting and organizing data, and running statistics.
  • Collect every piece of data as if you’re going to publish it. You might need it during peer review.
  • You can repeat experiments on many horses or replicates to improve the accuracy of your study.
  • Peer review gets your ideas to individuals who might think differently from you.

When taking on a new client, questions about the horse often are the first order of business.

  • What’s the horse’s job?
  • How old is it?
  • Does the horse have any special needs?
  • Does it have soundness problems?

Most farriers watch the horse move and study its conformation, posture and feet, among other things, before picking up a tool. Gathering…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Managing Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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