Articles by Frank Lessiter

Soring Arrests Include First Farrier

Numerous arrests, court rulings, failed tests and proposed congressional action are fueling the fire for ending this illegal practice
A number of arrests were made earlier this spring and summer of horse trainers and co-workers suspected of soring and animal cruelty. Then in early June, a farrier was arrested for the first time in conjunction with ongoing state and federal soring investigations.
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Great Britain Disbands Farrier Training Agency

Members of the United Kingdom's Farriers Registration Council (FRC) in late June pointed farrier training in an entirely new direction. That's when FRC members voted to disband the National Farrier Training Agency (NFTA) and hand the country's required farrier training over to three colleges that are already training farriers.


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What Do Puppets, Oranges, Bagpipes, Kayaks And Horseshoes Have In Common?

In the 24-page American Profile national supplement that was packaged with one of our daily newspapers last week, the cover story highlighted five unconventional academic and vocational programs. While millions of college students take courses each year to prepare for careers in business, computer science, education or health care, others use their educational dollars to study less common subjects.
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Hooves, Fingernails, Hair Loss And More

Knowing that biotin is used to improve hoof quality and hoof growth, it got me thinking about the benefits of biotin for humans. Doing some research, I learned the benefits of humans taking biotin is based on earlier work with horses.
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Is The 72-Hour Drug Ban A Concern For Farriers?

Some farriers are finding the 3-day ban on the use of drugs and medications is becoming a more serious issue when working with high-level horses. This is particularly true of those that that need immediate hoof repairs to keep competing. And a big question is whether we'll see a trickle-down effect at more shows that will impact shoers.


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Hi-Yo Silver Awaaaayyyy!

Just as the Fourth of July weekend rolls around, the new Lone Ranger movie is making its debut in theatres across the country. And there's a special tie-in I want to share with you between the Lone Ranger and Lessiter Publications.
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When It Comes To Balance, Start With The Coffin Joint

With performance horses under more pressure than in the past, proper balance is more critical than ever
The footcare topic most often requested by American Farriers Journal readers is balance. Yet it’s one of the more difficult subjects to get hoof-care professionals to write about because it is so complicated and there are so many different opinions.
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Plenty To Do With 600 Horses To Shoe

Coming off winter pasture, there’s little time to trim and shoe the feet on these horses before they’re leased for summer work
For more than 50 years- over 2 days in early May- Colorado's Sombrero Ranch has moved hundreds of horses that winter on Bureau of Land Management ground.
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Soring Arrests Now Include First Farrier

While arrests were made earlier this spring of Maryville, Tenn., horse trainer Larry Joe Wheelon and two co-workers suspected of violating the Tennessee law against animal cruelty, an early June arrest was made of a farrier for his role in the disgraceful practice of soring. This represents the first time a farrier has been arrested in conjunction with ongoing state and federal soring investigations.


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