Articles by Pat Tearney

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Shoeing For A Living

Balance From All the Angles

Minnesota farrier’s holistic approach benefits her clients’ horses
Even for a January day in Minnesota, it's cold. The mercury in thermometers has taken up residence far south of the "zero" mark and you don't even want to think about wind chill. Vehicle engines grumble to life reluctantly — or not at all — and it would be a good day to own a franchise in something like "Jumper Cables R Us."
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The ABC’s with Your Hat In Your Hand

What kind of reception would the owner of ABC Farrier Service receive from his local loan officer?
Farriers are an independent lot. But sooner or later, they’re likely to find themselves sitting across a desk from a person who doesn’t know a driving hammer from a tack hammer — but who can discern things out of a balance sheet that the farrier has never dreamed of.
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My Horse Isn't Fat, He's Just Big-Boned

University of Missouri researcher sees parallels between overweight humans, horses
It probably comes as no surprise to most farriers, but the American obesity epidemic has found its way into corrals and paddocks — and we’re not (necessarily) talking about riders.
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Forging By The Marshall Plan

Attention to small things, breaking job down, among the lessons taught by anvil master
Bob Marshall holds a shoe up to the light and checks the toe after a couple of quick blows.
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Joe Trhlik

Running With The Rules

Racetrack farriers need to know not just what horse they’re shoeing, but where and how he’ll be competing

 There's more to being a racetrack farrier than being able to shoe a horse for maximum speed and performance. 


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Modifying Keg Shoes

Simple Clip For Beginners

Practice the key in learning how to draw your own clips
Despite the advent of clipped keg shoes, there are still plenty of farriers who prefer to draw their own clips when a hoof calls for them. The ability to draw clips allows a shoer to place the clip exactly where he wants it, as well as to forge it to the length that’s needed.
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Carl Hayden and Sean Matousek
Shoeing For A Living

Keeping Hunter Jumper Show Horses Ready To Compete

New Hampshire farrier finds keeping these high-end horses healthy takes care and patience
Farrier Carl Hayden lives a few hundred yards down a winding road from the picture-postcard New Hampshire village of Kensington, just a stone’s throw from the Massachusetts’s border.
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