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.
This past November, I attended the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) Convention in Arlington, Texas. With few options of large-scale farrier gatherings over the past several months, it was great to get back together with hundreds of farriers.
Take a horse that is shod all around. Its owner shops around and finds a farrier with 5 years experience charging $100 vs. a 40-year farrier charging $200. The latter is obviously more expensive in dollars spent, but did the client consider how experience affects pricing?
International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Chris Gregory stresses anatomy within his curriculum at the Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. Besides that knowledge of anatomy benefits correctly trimming and shoeing a horse, Gregory says there are two reasons to master the subject.
In October 2021, we conducted a survey of American Farriers Journal readers asking them how their businesses fared during COVID-19. The results overwhelmingly show that business has grown for farriers.
As in the past, our November issue provides several articles to help our readers improve their business practices. One of these articles shows how the onset of COVID-19 eventually gave way to increased business for most farriers.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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