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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness.