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Improve Your Skills for Horseshoeing Contests

Chris and Cody Gregory offer practical advice that farriers can implement in their everyday work
With two major contests — the World Horseshoeing Classic and the National Forging and Horseshoeing Competition — wrapped up, and the World Championship Blacksmiths about to kick off its 2019 slate, farriers are gearing up for another contest season.
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ELPO Hoof Mapping Method Helps Farriers Trim Feet Better

Process assists in identifying critical internal structures during hoof care
As director of education of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization (ELPO), Steve Foxworth is a strong advocate of the organization’s hoof mapping method. The Loveland, Colo., farrier believes the approach can help farriers recognize hoof distortions while being aware of the tip of P3 and the center of the coffin joint.
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Hoof-Care Professionals Get Ideas to Improve Their Everyday Work

Roundtables provide an opportunity to learn tips and techniques and apply them in their practice
The 16th annual International Hoof-Care Summit attracted a substantial collection of footcare professionals from vast cultures, ensuring a diversity of experiences, climates and techniques that can help attendees improve their hoof-care practices.
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Can a Conformational Deformity Be Corrected or Maintained?

The answer lies in whether the conformational problem will return or worsen if regular farrier visits end
Do we correct or maintain a conformational deformity? Farriers do a little of both, depending on the age of the horse. As part of the correction process, a problem continues and needs to be maintained. Farriers develop the practical skill to manage conformational problems.
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Shoeing For A Living

Building Upon a Strong Foundation

New York farrier Kalam Blessing focuses on improving horses’ lives by improving his skill set
Since he was a young boy growing up in south­­ern Pennsylvania, Kalam Blessing has had an affinity for horses. What started out as a child’s hope to score a few rides has blossomed into a career to help horses live more comfortably.
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Farrier Wes Champagne Shares Hoof-Care Contributions

Wes Champagne has shod racetrack legends, including American Pharoah, Justify and more recently, Accelerate. He’s offering up some trade knowledge about his contributions, innovations and techniques that have led horses with a stone bruise to later win the Triple Crown, as reported by the Thoroughbred Daily News.
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