Disciplines & Breeds

From the AFJ Archives: May/June 2018

September/October 1996
1996 Article Overview Phil Fisher of Hastings, Neb., approached this article with a straightforward purpose: inform readers about how to shoe reining horses. At the time Fisher wrote this article, he was shoeing a few successful top reiners. This motivated him to share his own methods to farriers who might not be as familiar with reiners.
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The Key To Soundness Is In The Heels

Providing appropriate caudal support helps keep racehorses on the track
Keeping any horse sound can be a tall order. Keeping a Thoroughbred racehorse sound is nearly impossible. That doesn’t stop Wes Champagne from trying, though. “No horseshoer can keep a horse perfectly sound,” says the Arcadia, Calif., farrier. “They all get injured eventually, but farriers can try to prolong their longevity.”
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Helping Sport Horses Compete Through Suspensory Injuries

Knowing how to do these modifications has become more necessary as suspensory issues have become more prevalent with sport horses
In the sport horse world, certainly at higher levels, problems with the suspensory apparatus have grown. Through his conversations with equine veterinarians, farrier Dave Farley says that they estimate about 80% of the sport horse lameness issues they encounter are somehow related to the suspensory.
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No Bells And Whistles, Just Keep It Simple

Kentucky farrier eases heel problems and keeps performance horses in the show ring
Shoeing performance horses don’t require bells and whistles. Quite the contrary, says Lexington, Ky., farrier Bobby Menker. “Just keep it simple,” he told attendees at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital in Ocon­omowoc, Wis. “We start at the coronary band and then try to build a base all the way down. This is what I like to build for.”
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“Miracle” Horse Competitively Jumps Despite Missing Part Of Coffin Bone

New Jersey farrier creates shoeing package that keeps warmblood in the show ring
Czantis appears to be like any other equine athlete. Make no mistake, though, this 11-year-old gray gelding is rare. While Czantis has found modest success competing as an amateur hunter-jumper, the warmblood’s greatest achievement is that he’s in the ring at all.
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From the AFJ Archives: April 2018

July/August 1983
1983 ARTICLE OVERVIEW Steve Kraus, head of Farrier Services and senior lecturer at Cornell University, originally wrote this article for the 1983 July/August issue of American Farriers Journal. As a private practice farrier in Trumansburg, N.Y., Kraus originally approached this subject with the intent to clarify the purpose of Scotch bottom shoes and share his method of creating this complicated type of shoe.
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