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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Farrier’s Trailer Built by the Next Generation

Texas horseshoer Don Mock hauls a slick, functional trailer that was built by teenage brothers as a school project
Don Mock started his shoeing career in 1972, skipping his high school graduation ceremony to begin his farrier business. Shoeing for nearly 50 years, he has decreased his workload to several days a month, keeping his practice near his home in Denton, Texas. He primarily works at a large jumper barn with farrier Jarrett Bros.
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Evidence-Based Prevention of Laminitis in a Clinical Setting

University of Pennsylvania veterinarian and researcher Andrew van Eps shares what works in laminitis prevention, of which our understanding will change

Dr. Andrew van Eps likes to get the bad news out of the way with audiences when lecturing on laminitis prevention. The associate professor of Equine Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine reminds that a cure for laminitis is improbable. Certainly, a laminitic episode can be addressed and the horse can be helped, but even with improvement, there is the danger of recurrence and sustained damage. The good news, however, is we understand intervention better.


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Frankly Speaking: Make an Apprentice Your Legacy

What is your top career highlight? Maybe it is a particular case in which you helped the horse overcome a tough injury and return to work. Maybe it is a horse that won a significant race or show thanks to your footcare. Is it the first time you earned money shoeing a horse?


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Badass Rigs & Trailers: Small Trailer Adds to Career Longevity

Using smaller trailers has saved wear and tear to lengthen Indiana farrier’s shoeing career
Several years ago, Danvers Child didn’t want a new rig. His reasons were justified. A new body or trailer never made the buyer a better farrier after driving it from the manufacturer’s shop. Shoeing since 1972, Child felt with the years remaining in his career, he wouldn’t earn a return on the investment into such an expensive purchase.
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How to Make a “Farley” Hospital Plate

This nine-step instructional will help farriers fabricate a “Farley plate” to help horses in various therapeutic needs.

Hospital plates long have been an option for farriers to address issues including puncture wounds, abscesses and keratoma removals, among others. The concept of protection is straightforward, but design and application are only limited by a farrier’s creativity. They can be made using various materials to attach to numerous shoe types.


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Frankly Speaking: Ride for Your Brand

For the farrier industry, poor communication with clients remains a top issue that may significantly damage a practice. It can lead to the loss of business that’s severe enough to cripple one’s livelihood. Clients and prospects often cite “not returning a phone call” as their main gripe with farriers. Many of those offended fail to realize that the inactivity is intentional.


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Shoeing For A Living

Shoeing Sport Horses with Ty Garner

Shoeing top performance horses requires creative solutions and pursuing solid basics
Although he is based in North Florida, Ty Garner’s work isn’t fully localized — he travels to follow his clients on the circuit, taking him through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. On this “Shoeing for a Living Day,” he shows how his daily approach relies on the basics, but also thinking how best to keep horses in the show ring.
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Frankly Speaking: Farrier Tools Tell Stories

Adam Fahr's article on tuning a punch in the March issue of American Farriers Journal is a reminder of how tough farriers are on their tools, as well as the need for maintaining them. A well-crafted and maintained tool repays your investment many times over.


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