Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory is the owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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Hammer-Finished Mule Shoe Delivers New Challenge

The 2017 Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise will earn a winner a buckle and all participants a T-shirt
Now in its third year, the Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise has a new challenge for this go around. The inaugural contest was a hammer-finished heart bar shoe, followed the next year by an aluminum shoe with a riveted bar made out of a rasp. The bar shoe exercise allowed for power tool application.
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A Hands-On Approach To Sharpening Your Hoof Knife

A multi-step process may be old school, but results in a sharpened knife
I am always amazed by this great trade of ours. No matter how long you apply yourself to the art of farriery or how much you study the science and theory behind equine footcare, there will always be something to learn. There are so many skill sets that have to be mastered to just become adequate that it can seem a daunting task for the beginner. For the experienced farrier, every time you learn or master something new, this maxim keeps the job fresh and fun.
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Back To Basics

No Need To Lose That High Nail

This simple trick will let you get a nail where you can clinch it without having to drive a new one
When shoeing in your everyday practice, it is common to drive a nail just a bit too high to clinch.
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New Exercise To Challenge Your Forging Skills

Build a heart bar shoe for the “Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise” to earn a shirt and maybe win a buckle and International Hoof-Care Summit registration
Response to the final Calgary Mail-In Forging Exercise was so tremendous, it would be a shame to see it go away because of the Calgary Stampede’s decision to abandon a forging contest. Although Calgary may be gone, there is good news because a new mail-in forging exercise will take its place.
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Red Flags for Farriers

Recognize When It’s Time To Fire A Client

Have the awareness to recognize when a business relationship is failing, and take the steps to improve or end it
As farriers, we are self-employed in a service industry. I'm sure after establishing your practice, you realized there are many things that the self-employed have to resolve.
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