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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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[Video] Hospital Plate Shoes

Steve Kraus, CJF, head of farrier services and senior lecturer at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, takes you through the history and the process for creating and applying hospital plates to protect equine foot injuries.
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[Video] 5 Stages of Business Growth

Just as life has different stages, every small business will go through different stages of growth. Your farrier practice will experience all of these — hopefully. In this presentation, Plymouth, Calif., farrier Tiffany Gardner discusses the five stages of growth that small businesses experience throughout their existence.
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[Video] The Stresses Placed on Farriers and Learning How to Manage Them

Wanting to succeed with the horses you work with, as well as the pressure placed on farriers by clients can lead to stress. This stress can then lead to negative effects in your home and work life. In this presentation farrier Jeff Newnham of East Sussex, England will discuss pressure and stress management. He’ll review the typical causes of anxiety and stress for farriers and then offer solutions on how to deal with them in a realistic fashion.
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[Video] How To Apply a Modified Hoof Cast: A New Technique

Casting has been a hoof-care solution for many years. Dr. Steve O’Grady says that his approach can benefit horses in various uses. In this session, the Keswick, Va., farrier-veterinarian will discuss the proper preparation for casting, how to apply the products currently on the market, and review various ideas for helping horses.
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[Video] Looking Deeper at Gaits of Specific Breeds

Building on her previous presentation, Dr. Molly Nicodemus of Mississippi State University looks closer at the natural gait mechanics of lesser known breeds of horses She will pull from her own research to deliver examples and explain how appliances can influence movement of these horses.
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[Video] Can Meditation Help You Address Work-Related Stress?

Farriers and veterinarians have highly demanding jobs with the pressure to help horses and maintain profitable businesses. In this session, Suzi Shelhamer of Basin, Wyo., will discuss meditation as a way to combat work-related stress. As the wife of a farrier, the meditation instructor is keenly aware of the stresses that equine professionals face. She will review techniques for short-term relief and long-term practices of meditation so you can reduce stress and improve your state of mind.
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[Video] Dealing with Quarter Cracks on the Racetrack

Quarter cracks are a common issue that farriers across disciplines must deal with. Although many advocate for addressing the underlying issue and giving the horse rest, this isn’t an option for many farriers who shoe racehorses. In this session, Hall of Fame farrier Tom Curl, will discuss why quarter crack management has no margin of error in the race world. Curl will profile cases he’s worked on to show how he helps these horses keep running.
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[Video] An Anatomical Review of the Hind End

Understating anatomy is one of the building blocks of good farriery. In this session, Mitch Taylor will dissect a hind limb to review the functional anatomy. The member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame give you an up-close view of these internal structures and relays why these injuries occur to the bones and soft tis- sue structures. This lecture will be a great lead-in for the two other breakout sessions on the hind foot and limb.
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[Video] Remedial Shoeing Associated with MRI Diagnosis

Newmarket, England, farrier Simon Curtis says magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is becoming more frequently used in diagnosis and farriers should be aware of the conditions that can be seen by operators. In this talk, he will look at a number of conditions that are frequently diagnosed using MRI. Many conditions diagnosed by MRI require farriers to use their creative skills to successfully treat these cases in tandem with veterinary colleagues.
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