Articles by Heather Smith Thomas

Basics Of Horsemanship For The Farrier

Appropriate handling and communication skills prevent injury to the horse, farrier and owner

Horsemanship is critical for the safety of you and the horse, not to mention it makes your job easier. Learn some important handling and communication skills in the November 2018 issue of American Farriers Journal.


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Don’t Panic When Encountering Milky Frog Fluid

Plugged ducts can result in white discharge during trimming
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.
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How Reading The Horse Can Make Your Job Easier

Reading a horse’s body language can help you understand what frame of mind it’s in — and give you a guideline for approaching the horse.
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.
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Help Your Backyard Horse Practice Thrive With These Business Tips

Farriers share their insights on establishing a successful clientele
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.
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Educating Your Clients On Supplements

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and even algae can support healthy feet and joints
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.
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