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.
Standing a horse in a cold creek was an old horseman’s remedy. Times have changed since this early iteration of cryotherapy, as today we have advanced products to provide the same treatment in clinical and field settings through more controlled and effective processes.
Horses presenting high-low syndrome is a common management issue for farriers. And as with other challenges in farriery, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in addressing the problem. Particularly with this syndrome, there are many variants or forms, and the farrier must also factor in many other variables beyond what is presented in the feet to improve the outcome for the horse.
Trends act as disruptors affecting various aspects of society. Recognizing trends is one thing, but adjusting and responding to them accordingly is another. During the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit, a panel of equine industry experts identified trends that will continue affecting farriery in the upcoming few years.
During the December 2019 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, a session featured two prominent equine veterinarians leading a discussion on pre-purchase examinations (PPE). The veterinary audience drove the discussion, covering all aspects of the PPE. When an audience member asked the two practitioners how they utilize farriers, both stated that they do not.
Nearly 45 years ago, a farrier in Arcadia, Fla., saw an opportunity to improve farrier communication. He would catch the rising tide that had emerged during the previous 5 to 10 years with the creation of several strong regional associations and the American Farrier’s Association. This movement was about bringing farriers together and eliminating the isolationism that was crippling the industry.
As this issue heads to the printer, we just finished our virtual conference, “Farrier Business Success Academy.” This free event gave attendees 3 days to watch eight sessions by farriers and equine industry professionals delivering advice that could immediately impact businesses.
The annual November issue of American Farriers Journal has been an important resource for the industry. Through the directory, farriers can access critical information on supplies and services within their practices. But this issue has long had a focus on delivering advice to help farriers improve their businesses.
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Kawell began as a university project geared towards innovation, problem solving, and maintenance services for the veterinary industry. Over the last few years we have worked with specialized companies and professionals in order to develop the theoretical and technical basis needed to design and manufacture a therapeutic product for the care of horses and prevention of disease.
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness.