Articles by Pat Tearney

About Backing Up That Toe

When you hear that phrase, are you and the speaker actually thinking about the same thing?
There may be no single phrase heard more in farrier circles than “backing up the toe.” It comes up in discussions of balance, long toes and low heels, navicular syndrome, caudal heel pain, breakover and numerous other hoof-care topics.
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New Years Sees Birth of New Farrier Group

American Association of Professional Farriers to stress inclusiveness, continuing education
There is a new entry in the roster of farrier organizations with the birth of the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF), whose founding members stress its commitment to education, communication and inclusivity.
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Think Before You Patch

Modern materials make it much easier to repair cracks and lesions, but British farrier stresses the need to address the cause first
British farrier Simon Curtis thinks the modern methods and materials available for repairing hoof cracks are great, but he stresses that one thing hasn’t changed.
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Straight From The Horse Owner’s Mouse

Clients share their opinions on farriers in an AFJ electronic survey
Way back in the paper era (2000) American Farriers Journal conducted its first ever survey on how horse owners viewed their farriers. Back then, we mailed a paper survey to horse owners that we asked them to fill out and return in an envelope.
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Teach Your Clients Well

When it comes to their horse's feet, owners see you as the real expert; so don't miss the chance to educate them about your work and the important role they play in it
Educating clients helps bring them onboard as part of the hoof-care team.
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Study Finds Feral Hooves Are Far From Perfectly Healthy

Research from Australia calls into question the concept of using mustang-style hooves as a model for trimming domestic horses
The feral horse foot that more than a few people have pointed to as the ideal appearance for all horse hooves may not be that model of perfection after all.
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Shoeing for a Living

No Rest During Derby Week

Rood & Riddle vet-farrier proves there’s plenty of hoof-care work going on in the shadow of the Triple Crown’s first race
It’s the early hours of Derby Day Minus One as I arrive at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., a time when the eyes of the world turn to the Bluegrass Country more than any other time of the year.
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