Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Bob Smith is a Hall Of Fame farrier and owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif.

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Book Review: January/February 2018

Evaluating Radiographs For Equine Foot Management ­By Pete Healey
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.
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Red Flags for Farriers

Recognize Different Types Of Problematic Clients

Identifying traits of problematic clients will help you determine which ones to keep
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.
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Book Notes

A Guide To Becoming A Stronger Professional

Common Sense Leadership, Equine Edition By Garth Johns
As farriers, we often think of ourselves as isolationists. Many of us travel alone to our offices - horse barns. Once we are at the barns, we may have very little interaction with the owners, trainers, riders or grooms.
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Bidding A Shoeing Contract

Footcare contracts can be profitable, but you can lose your shirt if they are not written properly
Bidding a shoeing job for a park service, police department or a large barn can be rewarding or disastrous - depending upon how well you research your bid.
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12 Reasons Why Stumbling May Not Be A Horseshoeing Problem

Before you follow an owner’s or trainer’s instructions to modify a shoe, consider these other reasons why a horse is stumbling
Farriers often hear an owner say, "My horse stumbled, so my trainer said to tell you to rocker the toes." Many trainers and owners believe that a rolled or rocker toe is all that is needed to "correct" stumbling.
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Farrier Tips

Understand Why Horses Stumble

Farriers often hear an owner say, “My horse stumbled, so my trainer said to tell you to rocker the toes.” Many trainers and owners believe that a rolled or rocker toe is all that is needed to “correct” stumbling.
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Book Notes

Try Three Styles of Interactive Learning to Expand your Skills

Essential Principles Of Horseshoeing, Foundation Guide To Sound Trimming And Shoeing
For hundreds of years, books on horseshoeing have followed a very similar format. The books have focused exclusively on the mechanical aspect of shoeing. Some reflect the author's passion for the forge while others focus on shoeing to overcome numerous gait and lameness issues.
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