Articles Tagged with ''Jeff Ridley''

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Essential Education For Hoof-Care Professionals

The latest clinic from a farrier group provides information helpful for both the mechanics and business of farriery

Nearly 120 attendees gathered May 31 in Bromont, Quebec, for the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF)/Canadian Association of Professional Farriers (CAPF) biannual Hoofcare Essentials Clinic. Held at the Maréchalerie Bromont supply shop, the day featured footcare lectures, presented in English and translated into French.


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Spotlight on Hoof Care

Sage Advice From Veteran Farriers

Over 100 gather for day of learning, networking and camaraderie at the American Association of Professional Farriers “Hoofcare Essentials” clinic
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Think The Situation Through Before You Pick A Therapeutic Shoe

Mechanics, cause and effect and a proper trim and fit are all aspects of the successful shoeing package
There are many shoes used by farriers in therapeutic work and not all of them are specifically designed to treat an injury. Rather than simply reaching for a heart bar shoe for a laminitis case, or a straight bar shoe for palmar heel pain, it’s important to first think about what you want the shoe to do and why.
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For Therapeutic Work, Farriers Need to Develop More Than Just Shoeing Skills

Ability to work as part of a team, think through problems and an understanding of anatomy and mechanics are vital
Your first career therapeutic shoeing situation is likely to be a surprise. You're called in to tack on a "lost shoe," and discover that the shoe has taken a pretty big chunk of the hoof with it. Or you discover a horse doesn't want to bear weight on a front foot. The owner - who is new to the horse world - can't understand it. The horse seemed happy enough when it was chowing down on all that lush green grass in the pasture a few days earlier.
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Farrier Tips: Don't Undervalue Your Work

Rookie farriers or those new to an area often have the temptation to undercut prices to work their way into the market. You can set your prices low, but the work will catch up to your pricing. Low-end pricing will mean working on low-end horses.
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2012 AAPF Hoofcare Essentials Clinic

[Video] Need For Support Shoes

American Farriers Journal Editor/Publisher Frank Lessiter met up with Jeff Ridley (Leighton, Iowa) at the 2012 Nature Farms Farrier Supply Clinic. In this video, Ridley emphasizes the importance of support in selecting a shoe, and discusses how different shoes do (or do not) provide necessary support.
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