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Jeremy McGovern
From The Desk Of AFJ

Real Estate’s Rule Also True for Farriers

The ever-changing demographics of the United States and Canada affect the types of clients farriers serve, stresses the farrier instructor from Kwantlen Polytechnic University outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. The area one chooses to live in greatly affects the types of horses and clients that farriers serve.
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Spotlight on Hoof Care

46th Annual Michigan Horseshoers Association Clinic Boasts Tough Competition

With four speakers and 3 days of competition, this historical event continues to offer learning opportunities

The Michigan Horseshoers Association (MHA) recently held its 46th annual clinic and contest in East Lansing, Mich. Sixty farriers from as far south as Texas and as far north as Canada came to attend and compete in the event. From Jan. 8-10, attendees participated in lectures and demos by Tom Willoughby of Crown Point, Ind.; Andy Canoy of Grand Blanc, Mich.; Laura Pylman of Laingsburg, Mich.; and Roy Bloom of Drummund, Wis., who was also the judge for several forging competitions held at the event.

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Remembering Bruce Daniels

Friends and colleagues recall how the Hall Of Fame farrier touched their lives
On Dec. 30, Bruce Daniels passed away at the age of 82. The South Harrison Township, N.J., farrier was a leader in the farrier industry, serving in a number of positions for the American Farrier's Association (AFA) including president, secretary and board member. He was also a several time member of the American Farriers Team.
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Making The Horse A Willing Participant

If presented with a horse that isn’t used to being worked with, these three steps could be a way to improve the situation
Ted Shanks became a horseman out of necessity. Now a farrier in Kauai, Hawaii, he grew up on a rural Tennessee farm where horses were just as much working animals as they were used for pleasure riding. After he began shoeing in 1977, the certified journeyman farrier and Anvil 21 member continued to work with horses, he never lost sight of the inherent danger of the job.
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High-Speed Treadmill Proves Importance Of Correct Trimming

Demonstration at the Texas A&M Farrier Conference shows the correlation between trimming and lameness
Earlier this year, horseshoers gathered in College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M University Farrier Conference. Some came for the clinic itself, while others made the trip for the American Farrier’s Association certification exams that were held over the weekend.
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Shoeing for a Living

Shoeing In California’s Wine Country

Farrier Matt Frederick works on a front foot of a horse in California’s Napa Valley, the center of the California wine country.
Farriers come into the business in many different ways and from many different fields. But Matt Frederick, who shoes in Napa Valley, Calif., may come as close as any to having a unique beginning.
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Remembering Dave Willis

Farriers share the impact that the Hall Of Fame shoer and Anvil 21 member made on their lives and the footcare industry
On Nov. 4, 2013, legendary farrier Dave Willis passed away. The member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame had built a reputation for his quality shoeing work, brilliant intellect and friendly personality. He also is recognized for inventing or refining a wide variety of farrier tools and forges. He was deeply committed to education, having founded the Oregon Farriers Association.
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