When farriers approach a horse they’ve never worked with before, they have to be able to develop some sort of communication and a rapport with that horse — a relationship that is mutually beneficial. You want the horse to be at ease with you, and you at ease with it.
The frog is the softest part of the hoof, even though it is made up of the same fibrous material as the rest of the external foot. It’s softer and more pliable because it contains oil glands and more moisture than the hoof horn and sole. In moist conditions, the frog might be nearly 50% water, by weight.
Many farriers starting out in the business today may not have much experience with horses. They might not realize the importance of reading a horse to understand its frame of mind before they pick up a leg to start working on the foot — especially if it’s a new horse they haven’t worked with before.
Good farriers are always learning and always open to new ideas or better ways to do things.
Chuck Jones started shoeing horses in 1997 and has been striving ever since to learn as much as he can, in as many different ways as he can.
Backyard horses comprise a significant portion of some farriers’ businesses and can be a very successful and profitable part if handled correctly.
Prince Frederick, Md., farrier Patrick Quinn didn’t aspire to provide hoof care for backyard horses, but this is often the bread and butter of a farrier’s operation.
Proper equine nutrition is pivotal in support of healthy feet and joints. However, it’s not always attainable without some help.
There are a number of supplements on the market today that help horse owners provide an adequate and balanced diet with the goal of improving hoof strength and growth, as well as protecting joints from wear-and-tear problems.
When recommending feed and supplements to your novice clients, you want to ensure that they are buying quality products. Jessica Normand, SmartPak’s senior director of equine health, offers some indicators that your clients can look for.
Florida farrier Sandy Johnson talks about footing considerations, including the effects of extreme weather on arena footing and how to address problems competing horses can experience at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.
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