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Shoeing for a Living

Arabian Show Horse Farrier Plays the Angles

Oregon farrier Zach Morris keeps mounts sound through challenges of shoeing rules and conformational faults

These are busy days for Zach Morris.
The Lyons, Ore., farrier is logging significant miles — both on the road and in the air — as several of his clients will be making the trek to Tulsa, Okla., for the United States National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show. With a little more than 2 weeks before the show, Morris has his work cut out for him.


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News & Notes

House Passes Anti-Soring Bill

Legislation Moves to the Senate

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act passes the House in a 304-111 vote on Monday, the first day of congressional action since the 2022 midterm elections.


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A Practical Forging Challenge that Helps with Dropped Fetlocks

The 2023 Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise will earn a winner a buckle and all participants a T-shirt for making this horseshoe

The 2023 International Hoof-Care Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary at this January’s event. This is also the ninth Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, so I wanted to create a good challenge of solid forging elements for you. But as much as I want to push you out of your comfort zone with this exercise, I also want to create a practical shoe that you might find useful under the right circumstances.


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Book Review

For the Want of a Nail, the Shoe Was Lost

By Chris Gregory, FWCF, CJF, ASF

Who has directly influenced your farrier career? If you’re just starting out, your list likely isn’t long. A little time and initiative will eventually fill the gaps. If you have some skin in the game, your list might resemble the one compiled by Chris Gregory in his book, For Want of a Nail, the Shoe Was Lost.


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News & Notes

Rich Strike’s Owner and Trainer Appeal Hot Rod Charlie’s Horseshoe Ruling

Did Hot Rod Charlie wear illegal horseshoes during the running of the Grade 2 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs? Race stewards, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, and Hot Rod Charlie’s team all say no, but the second-place finisher isn’t so sure.


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Metal Horseshoes Alter Hoof Expansion and Contraction, Study Finds

Preliminary results of a research project studying the movements and forces of shod and unshod horses find that “traditional iron shoes change the hoof’s ability to expand and contract across tracts, as well as the tracts’ ability to move up and down in relation to each other.”
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