Articles by Frank Lessiter

Farrier Urges American Horse Council To Back Footcare Standards

It would entail development of a program to include education, training and eventual licensing of all farriers
For more than 4 decades, Walt Taylor has favored the licensing of farriers. But for years the founder and long-term president of the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) accepted the wishes of the AFA membership to develop an in-house certification program as an alternative to licensing.
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Booknotes: Recollections From 202 Years Of Family Shoeing

Sparks From The Smiddy, The Life Of A World Champion Farrier By David Wilson as told to Andrew Arbuckle
More than 25 years ago, during a visit with David Wilson in Scotland, he took me to see the blacksmith shop and attached house that six generations of his family had called home. Located in the sleepy little hamlet of Kilmany, the homestead is just a few kilometers from the world-famous old St. Andrews Links where golf got its start in 1552.
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News & Notes

Licensing Under Fire With Many Trades

When it comes to licensing concerns on both the state and federal level, it appears that farriers aren’t the only trade where there’s a need for regulations or not. These concerns were spelled out in a recent Wall Street Journal article dealing with trade licensing issues.
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What Would You Charge?

Here’s how 144 hoof-care pros priced the trimming and shoeing for 20 types of horses
Ever wonder how you compare price-wise with other farriers when it comes to work that ranges all the way from a simple trim to complicated shoeing jobs?
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Frankly Speaking

A True Gentleman Farrier

Six days after we purchased the American Farriers Journal in January of 1992, Advertising Manager Alice Musser and I showed up at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium. Among the first farriers who welcomed us to the industry was Red Renchin.
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Yearlings In Mid-September Keeneland Sale Bring Top Dollar With Special Shoeing

With the annual Keeneland yearling sale getting underway in mid-September, it reminded me of the May/June 1998 article we did in American Farriers Journal that detailed how these young horses were trimmed and shod to look their very best at the sale held at the Lexington, Ky., racetrack.
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