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American Farriers Journal Editors Look into Their 2021 Crystal Balls

With the new year underway, the American Farriers Journal editors gazed into our crystal balls and made a few predictions on what we might see in the equine footcare market over the next 12 months.
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Andy Darden

Whether at a convention, certification or contest, you can usually see Andy Darden with his red truck. His set up is simple: sitting in a lawn chair with his tailgate down displaying an incredible selection of beautiful, quality tools. I met him a few years ago at the first Forge of July in Shelbyville, Ky. He took the time to explain his tool making process, offered advice and shared the wisdom he’s earned over decades as a farrier and toolmaker to all who stopped by his truck. I’ve enjoyed many of these conversations over the years and keep in touch with Darden. With COVID-19 limiting travel, I haven’t seen Darden because of the cancellation of events, so we chatted online.
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How Do You Choose the Appropriate Horseshoe?

Work, intensity, duration, terrain and horse are the five considerations farriers should consider when selecting footgear for a horse
Horseshoe production has developed to a high level of quality and variety that’s unparalleled since the 1900s. The many companies that have emerged in the last 35 years, as well as the ease of manufacturing and importing shoes from all over the world, have enabled farriers to have unprecedented choices in our modern age.
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Why Horse Owners Tell Farriers… “You’re Fired!”

It’s more than just the feet, as professionalism and business management practices are also a major concern when owners decide to change farriers
Out of the blue, a client texts to say they’ve found another farrier. They may have a reason, whether good or bad, and explain to you why they’ve decided to switch farriers. Or you may never know why they made a change.
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