Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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Welding an Aluminum Bar Shoe in the Forge

Colombian farrier Ivan Gomez uses aluminum bar stock and a welding rod to make a bar shoe.
There is an abundance of aluminum horseshoes on the market, particularly for therapeutic needs. Ivan Gomez believes farriers need forging skills not only to modify manufactured shoes specific for the horse’s needs, but also have the ability to make an appropriate shoe at the horse if lacking the inventory.
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What Causes Hoof Capsule Distortions?

A quick survey of common causes of distortions to the hoof capsule
Tom Petersen defines distortions as alterations from the original form. More specific for farriers, common deviations like flares or crushed heels are alterations of the original form of the hoof capsule.
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How to Forge a Fuller

Alabama farrier Phillip Box shows how he makes this farrier tool
The tool bug bit Phillip Box several years ago, motivating him to attend toolmaking clinics. The Notasulga, Ala., farrier drove across the Yellowhammer State once a week for years to learn from Russell Colvin, a well-known toolmaker.
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Communication Key for Managing Clients

Last year, a younger farrier rode in Tom Trosin’s shoeing truck. While chatting between stops, the junior horseshoer identified one aspect of farriery that the Oklahoma farrier excels at — and it has nothing to do with trimming and shoeing.
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Badass Rigs & Trailers

Converted Trailer Pays Dividends for Horseshoer

Pennsylvania farrier Will Aichele pulls a converted horse trailer that has paid for itself several times over
When he looked at buying a new farrier trailer in 2004, Will Aichele recalls that the substantial cost was daunting. The Hilltown, Pa., farrier was about a dozen years into his shoeing career at the time and felt he was on firmer ground, compared with those early years in which many farriers struggle with establishing a business.
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