Articles by Bob Smith

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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Make The Little Things Count

You can make little things in your farrier business go a long way in ensuring your success. A farrier business is a service-based business and it is important to pay attention to more than just nailing shoes on feet. Here are some tips on little things that cost you nothing, but go a long way to ensure a successful farrier business.
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Worst Foot He's Seen

Several options were tried to get this horse back to work
After the injured horse arrived, an unsuccessful attempt was made to stabilize the foot, even though the lateral hoof was torn much like a severe quarter crack.
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Product Knowledge

Hoof Pads 101

Not sure when to use pads in your practice? Here’s an introduction to what’s available and basic information for using each style
It seems that every few months a new pad is introduced to the equine market. For inexperienced farriers, the overwhelming options can create confusion, which discourages pad usage in a practice. Understanding what's available in pads and how they are used will help determine the appropriate pad for the intended use.
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Vet and Farrier Team Tackles Keratoma

In a case with a rescue horse, recurrent lameness, abscess and hoof wall defects are secondary to keratoma
As a farrier and a veterinarian, we have a unique working relationship. Over the past several years, we've treated and rehabilitated rescue horses at the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Our work provides the students at the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School with a view on how a good working relationship between vet and farrier benefits the team and the horse. Also, because many of the horses are in poor condition, the students get to see some of the most devastating hoof conditions that horses can suffer.
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