Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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Old Horses, New Problems

Aging horses become more susceptible to arthritis, laminitis and other issues that present hoof-care challenges
As horses age, they present new challenges to horse owners, as well as to farriers. Because farriers are usually the equine professionals who see horses and owners most regularly, they are frequently the first person a horse owner goes to for advice when senior horses begin to have new issues.
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METALLURGY: How Much Do You Need To Know?

While not necessary to shoe horses, a working knowledge of how steel is made and reacts to heat and pressure can make a good career great
If you’re a horseshoer, you work with metal every day. But how much do you have to really know about metallurgy — the science underlying the working of metal — to be successful? That might depend on how you define success and what kind of farrier you want to be.
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Matching The Shoe To The Job

Experienced farriers say the choice should be based on a number of factors, many of which have nothing to do with the shoe itself
There is no shortage of horseshoes, in size, style or material. It will take no more than a few minutes inside a well-stocked supply store to convince anyone of that. Jeff Ridley, a farrier from Leighton, Iowa, recently was struck by that fact during a clinic at Anvil Brand’s headquarters in Lexington, Ill. The clinician was Shayne Carter of West Mountain, Utah.
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Farriers Sweat The Small Stuff To Keep Performance Horses Competing

Sore feet, abscesses occur regardless of discipline and require quick and effective hoof care
Performance horses, by the very nature of the work they are asked to do, are more prone to injuries than horses that are being used primarily for recreational riding. There are a number of studies that offer evidence that certain injuries are more likely to occur with certain disciplines, but an informal survey of several experienced farriers indicates that across disciplines, more common injuries such as sore feet and abscesses are the culprits that farriers most often have to deal with.
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Guarding Against Springtime Laminitis

Educating clients and being vigilant for early warning signs can head off this potentially deadly malady
Bright green grass is one of the signs of spring, but all that green is also a red flag for hoof-care professionals. It means it’s time to remind your clients of an increased danger of certain forms of laminitis, as well as keeping an eye peeled for the early warning signs of the disease.
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Warning Signs Of Shoe Wear

Paying attention to unusual patterns or changes in this area can help you head off potentially serious soreness issues
When experienced farriers check the wear on horseshoes they’ve just removed from a horse, it isn’t just to see whether they can reset them. They’re also looking for valuable information. Four veteran farriers took time to share some of what they’ve gleaned from studying the wear patterns on horseshoes over their careers. They include:
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Reaping The Benefits Of Hoof Mapping

Colorado farrier says ELPO method provides consistency to identify and address hoof distortions
Hoof mapping is not a new idea. During a 2016 presentation at the International Hoof-Care Summit (IHCS), Steve Foxworth traced its origins to the work of pioneering farrier William Russell, as well as to more recent work by David Duckett and others.
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