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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Martin Kenny's Rig outside barn

Badass Rigs & Trailers: A Career-Capping Rig

For the last shoeing rig of his career, North Carolina farrier Martin Kenny focused on improved workflow
The December 1990 American Farriers Journal featured an article by Martin Kenny showing how he made his 1987 Ford F-350 custom walk-in rig — a rarity at the time. Over the years, other rigs came and went, including a stripped-down minimalist approach.
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Lapeer, Mich. farrier Dick Becker at anvil
Shoeing For A Living

Advice on Shoeing Hunters and Jumpers with Dick Becker

Dick Becker shares insight on managing the feet of top level sport horses.

At 74, Dick Becker isn’t talking retirement. While contemporaries might look to call it a day, Becker dismisses retirement for now, saying he isn’t interested in playing golf. Instead, he still finds motivation working with horses and clients. Especially at his age, there is a difference between shoeing because you want to and shoeing because you have to.


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Farrier Justin Fry places grip on tool handle
Farrier Tips

Get a Better Grip on Tool Handles

Anyone who’s tried to slide a snug rubber grip onto a tool handle knows it can be frustrating. Justin Fry has a tip to ease this task that he learned from working in a bicycle shop as a teenager. The Crosslakes, Minn., farrier and tool manufacturer says this will help get the grip on — and keep it there.
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farrier Billy Romjue

Badass Rigs & Trailers: Farrier Upcycles Air Compressor Trailer for Shoeing

A retired Ingersoll Rand trailer helps Pennsylvania farrier Billy Romjue accomplish his goal of downsizing
A couple of years ago as he entered his 30th year of shoeing horses, Billy Romjue began looking for ideas to downsize his shoeing trailer. His service area was limited from southern Pennsylvania to northern Maryland, and hauling his 10-foot gooseneck shoeing trailer wasn’t practical for servicing most of his clients.
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Evaluate a Horse Before Working with it

University of Illinois veterinary school farrier Steve Sermersheim warns against cutting corners when working with a horse
Earlier in his career, Steve Sermersheim says that he was headstrong in thinking his approach to horseshoeing was the only correct way. Over the years, he became open-minded, realizing what works for him may not work for others. Although fads come and go, he finds adapting to solid shoeing basics is what helped him keep horses sound or improve.
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