Jacob Butler CJF, AWCF

Jacob Butler CJF, AWCF

Jacob Butler is a certified journeyman farrier and an associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He is the Director and an instructor at Butler Professional Farrier School LLC, located near Chadron, Neb. For more information, visit his website www.butlerprofessionalfarrierschool.com, call (308) 665-1510 or email at jacob@dougbutler.com.



Can a Conformational Deformity Be Corrected or Maintained?

The answer lies in whether the conformational problem will return or worsen if regular farrier visits end
Do we correct or maintain a conformational deformity? Farriers do a little of both, depending on the age of the horse. As part of the correction process, a problem continues and needs to be maintained. Farriers develop the practical skill to manage conformational problems.
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Don’t Stop Developing Your Skill Set

Reaching your goals for improvement requires commitment to practice and recognizing where your greatest needs rest
In the previous article in this series, I referred to the science of studying anatomy. In this article, I focus on the practical side of improving one’s skill level. Horsemanship, trimming, shoeing and forging are all practical skills of shoeing horses.
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A Study System To Learn Equine Anatomy

Whether you need a deeper understanding or refresher of equine anatomy, these tips will help you retain this information critical to your work
In the first article of this series, I presented some simple strategies that are motivated by our desire to excel. As we learn new skills, we need to apply and implement them into our lives and businesses so that these become part of our everyday work.
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Reach Your Full Potential Through Continuing Education

Commitment, consistency and accountability will help you achieve your goals in improving your skill and knowledge as a farrier
I believe it is a tragedy if farriers don’t continue to learn. I am grateful that I have recognized that one’s skill level can and must continually improve — especially when I look back over my own difficult experience. Yet, there are no defined or required policies for established farriers to continue their education.
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Draft Horse Trimming, Shoeing Lessons Spelled Out

Tips And Techniques For Shoeing The Draft Horse With Michael Wildenstein, CJF, FWCF
This DVD was filmed for RFD-TV with five segments or episodes. Each segment is an average of 26 minutes for a total of over 2 hours of viewing time. Since all five segments are included on one video, you can view the complete trimming and shoeing job from start to finish without having to wait until next week to view another episode.
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10 Common Traits Of Successful Farriers

Growing up, I spent a lot of time around the world’s best farriers as they came to our home and were trained by my father, Dr. Doug Butler. I was able to work side-by-side with many of them as they became master craftsmen and learned the fundamentals of farriery. I also have worked and consulted with farriers from around the world.

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