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.


Dr. Hiltrude Strasser

Hoof-Care Theory? Or Dogma?

German veterinarian Hiltrude Strasser shares her controversial hoof-care theories at Tufts University seminar
Contrary to what some may have expected, farriers did not try to crucify Hiltrude Strasser with horseshoeing nails during an early May seminar at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
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Danny Ward
Modifying Keg Shoes

Round Nails And Not-So-Round Holes

When you change a keg shoe, you need to pay attention to the nail holes as well

When you start banging on a horseshoe, you’re also banging on its nail holes — and if the horseshoe changes shape, so will the holes.

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Frankly Speaking

Is The Craft Of Horseshoeing Developing A Generation Gap?

It's no secret that farriers are considered a pretty handy lot. Besides their horseshoeing skills, it’s not unusual for farriers to be able to make and repair their own tools, forge decorative ironwork, build, modify and repair their own shoeing rigs and to have a few special gadgets in the workshop that they built themselves.
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Horse Sense In The Horse Capital Of The World

Equine hoof, leg anatomy get a long look at Lexington AFA convention
They may not have spent much time at the horse farms that give Lexington, Ky., its nickname as the Horse Capital Of The World, but attendees at the 31st annual American Farrier’s Association (AFA) convention in early March had plenty of opportunities to improve their abilities to help the animals.
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Shoeing for a Living

Good, Solid Shoeing in the Summer Heat

Michigan farrier finds sticking to the basics helps him build a successful shoeing practice
It's early, but one of Bill Ruh’s customers has apparently decided she’s stood quietly long enough. The farrier shakes his head as he describes her quick gallop toward freedom, across a west central Michigan bean field, in the general direction of nearby Grand Rapids.
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The Best Of Two Founder Fighters

New shoe combines four-point and heart bar approaches against laminitis
Bernard Pelletier knows there are no silver bullet cures when it comes to laminitis — not even the four-point, heart bar shoe combination he’s enjoyed considerable success with.
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Shoeing For A Living

A Cold Day in Horse Heaven

Lexington, Ky., horseshoer turned vet devotes practice to footcare
It's a bright but cold Kentucky morning as I head out of Lexington in the direction of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where I’m to hook up with Scott Morrison for a highly unusual “Shoeing For A Living” day.
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