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For The Love Of The Horse

For some, shoeing horses is a job. For others, it’s what life is all about.
Every shoeing business has a limited amount of services. Whether it’s hand-making shoes from bar stock or giving prepurchase advice, no two businesses offer exactly the same thing. But if there ever was a farrier service that had unlimited services, it would have to be Ross Smith’s at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
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Apprehensive About Apprentices

While some would look at apprentices as cheap labor, this farrier says that adding an apprentice can cost you an extra $15 to $18 per horse
Your shoeing clients seem to be multiplying like rabbits and there aren’t enough hours in the day to get them all done no matter how well you plan your day. You have two options. You can dump a load of clients or you can find yourself an apprentice to do the menial tasks, letting you continue to be the expert.
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Treading On New Possibilities

For years, treadmills have been used as a tool to diagnose lameness and hoof flight. But is all the fuss worthwhile?
They're neither compact nor portable. So why would farriers subscribe to the idea of utilizing an equine treadmill for their clients’ horses?
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Growing Controversies About Horse Feeds

With all the hubbub on the right way to read feed tags and evaluate changing equine feed guidelines, here’s how to decide who to believe and who to ignore
I WISH I could tell you this is the end-all “how to” article of reading feed tags. I wish I could tell you this is all you will ever need to know in making nutrition and product recommendations to your shoeing clients and all you will ever hear about this topic for the rest of your natural life.
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Shoeing for a Living

Personalized Shoeing In Big Sky Country

Forget cookie-cutter shoeing jobs—this shoer relies on sound shoeing and forging skills, a wealth of equine education and an innovative mind to deliver premium hoof care
IF YOU’RE looking for an article about a guy who just takes keg shoes out of a box and nails them onto horses’ feet, you might as well stop reading.
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Meet The Horseshoe Inspector!

The Tournament of Roses Parade learned the hard way that traction devices are a necessity
IT'S 3 A.M. on New Year's Day. While the rest of Pasadena, Calif., sleeps, the hustle and bustle of numerous equestrians and 300 horses, ponies and mules gather underneath a closed-off lower level of the freeway preparing for the 5-mile trek down the Tournament of Roses Parade route.
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Heroes With Hammers

Over fifty years ago in World War II, our country needed the help of able-bodied shoers to take care of her mules. Today, these men remember the excitement, hard work and terror that came with the portable forge
"I DON'T KNOW WHAT the history books tell you, but they told us before we even started up the Ledo road into combat that 80 percent of us would never come back."
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Personalized Shoeing In Big Sky Country

Forget cookie-cutter shoeing jobs - this shoer relies on sound shoeing and forging skills, a wealth of equine education and an innovative mind to deliver premium hoof care
IF YOU'RE looking for an article about a guy who just takes keg shoes out of a box and nails them onto horses' feet, you might as well stop reading.
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Getting Started As A Farrier: Shoeing For The Long Haul

There's no doubt farriers must have sound shoeing skills to be successful. But is that all? This shoeing instructor doesn't think so
TOM WOLFE has a secret. In the 16 years this farrier has taught at the Montana State Horseshoeing School in Bozeman, Mont., hundreds of aspiring farriers have enrolled in his course, hoping to excel at the art of farriery.
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