Imagine walking into an old country store and there is a guy sitting around a pot-bellied stove. He looks up and says, “Hello! You must be new here. Whatcha do for a living, son? Horseshoeing? Well son, have a seat and lemme tell ya about horses, horseshoeing and blacksmithing!” This is the essence of Leonard Crotts’ book, Shoeing to Win, Memoir of a Master Farrier and Blacksmith.
We saw some incredible speakers at the International Hoof-Care Summit this year. There were a variety of people, from PhDs to very functional farriers with great practices, research people and they all have something in common. They are successful.
Arguably, no other instrument used by farriers has created such controversy as the hoof knife. Improper use of hoof knives have been the cause of lameness for more than 200 years — and still does today.
K.C. La Pierre is no stranger to controversy in the hoof-care industry. With his latest book “Laminitis, Founder & Equine Digital Osteoarthritis,” La Pierre maintains that the traditional research on laminitis and founder have produced few treatment protocols because the model used in this research states that the coffin bone is suspended in the hoof by the laminae.
Following his previous works, Simon Curtis set out to write a book about the horse’s hoof, based on science. Not the horse’s foot and its internal structures, but a book on just the hoof capsule. In that endeavor Dr. Curtis was eminently successful in “The Hoof of the Horse.”
As your shoeing career progresses, you are going to have clients who raise your blood pressure as soon as you see their name on your schedule. After working hard to build a solid business, getting rid of clients seems to fly in the face of your desire to increase your client base and income. But firing clients just might be what your business and your mental health need.
I was hoping that The Essential Hoof Book would be the book written about barefoot trims that would be the “how-to” guide for properly trimming a horse’s foot so it can remain barefoot, without resorting to comments about the evils
The quest to define the ideal foot and ideal balance has been the Holy Grail of horseshoeing since the late 1800s when William Russell first coined the term “balance” in the context of footcare. The dilemma facing all books on the horse’s foot has been the concept of what is a “normal” foot.
I'm sure you have clients who raise your blood pressure as soon as you see their name on your schedule. After years of hard work building a solid business, getting rid of clients seems to fly in the face of your desire to increase your client base and income. But firing clients may just be what your business and your mental health need.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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