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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Badass Rigs and Trailers: Shoeing Saddlebreds

Farrier Paul Human shoes Saddlebreds more efficiently thanks to his shoeing rig
When driving across several states to shoe horses, a farrier requires a reliable truck. Shelbyville, Ky., farrier Paul Human has counted on a 2005 Chevrolet C5500, which has logged more than 300,000 miles traveling across the seven states his clients reside. Because his practice combines traveling long distances and shoeing gaited horses, Human’s truck body also must fit his business.
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Badass Rigs and Trailers: Freightliner Conversion for Shoeing Across America

Farrier Joe Santos is based in Connecticut, but travels in his Freightliner to shoe sport horses from Maine down to Wellington, Florida.
Joe Santos's farrier practice focuses on sport horses and handles therapeutic cases. He is based in Connecticut, but spends half of the year in South Florida for show season. To be efficient in travel and carrying supplies, he uses his converted Freightliner to manage his business.
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News & Notes

A Tale of Two Horseshoes

Farrier gifts his mentor with a contest-winning mushroom trotter
World Championship Blacksmiths awarded its 2020 title to New Mexico farrier Chris Madrid in December, but it’s worth recalling a moment from the season when two farriers reconnected over a contest-winning mushroom trotter.
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Badass Rigs and Trailers: Shoeing Saddlebreds

Farrier Paul Human shoes Saddlebreds more efficiently thanks to his shoeing rig
When driving across several states to shoe horses, a farrier requires a reliable truck. Shelbyville, Ky., farrier Paul Human has counted on a 2005 Chevrolet C5500, which has logged more than 300,000 miles traveling across the seven states his clients reside. Because his practice combines traveling long distances and shoeing gaited horses, Human’s truck body also must fit his business.
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Shoeing for a Living

Shoeing Hunters and Jumpers before a Show

New York farrier Justin Galli says going with the flow is crucial when show schedules have been disrupted by COVID-19
Farriery is in the Galli family blood. The family’s shoeing legacy dates back to Fondi, Italy, when blacksmith Orazio Savocchio immigrated to Millbrook, N.Y., in the early 20th century. He changed his name to Galli — another family’s name back in Fondi — because the longer name was difficult for non-Italians to spell or pronounce. His son Louis continued into the trade, later passing the torch to his son Paul. Fourth-generation farrier Justin Galli carries on the family tradition, following his father into the trade about 25 years ago.
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Frankly Speaking: Educate the 14-year-olds

I recently read a tribute posted to Facebook about the late farrier Bob Skradzio. The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member passed away more than 10 years ago, but is remembered by the countless farriers he impacted through his 60-plus years as a horseshoer. He was a link to industry history — one of the last to work street horses in an urban area who transitioned to a largely recreational riding practice.
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Suturing a Toe Crack After an Abscess

Helping a horse with a severe toe crack relies on weighing decisions throughout the process
Every case presents farriers with variables that influence the decision on trimming and shoeing a horse. The impact of these factors are weighed, some more influential than others. Ignoring any of these may result in the failure of an otherwise reasonable decision.
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Will Insurers Require Farrier Liability Coverage?

Increasingly, insurance companies want farriers to carry a liability policy to work in their customers’ barns
Even with new products filling supply shop shelves every year and initiatives in farrier-based scientific research, the farrier industry isn’t one for swift and universal change. Lexi Barron says insurance is somewhat similar. The Snohomish, Wash., attorney and insurance broker notes that the insurance industry can be old fashioned. But old-fashioned doesn’t mean that impactful changes don’t occur.
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4 Traits Your Farrier Help Should Have

About 20 years ago, Jessica McGrane wanted to begin a career as a farrier. She asked West Chester, Pa., farrier Dave Werkiser if she could learn the trade from him. Werkiser admits that he was at first hesitant, having had some previous helpers join his practice, but leave just when they became useful.
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