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.
Last year, Shane Westman wrote a reflective paper on a personal experience of professional communication breakdown. For this paper, he selected a case from his private farrier practice in Washington in which conflict placed the client between him and the veterinarian.
When he qualified as a farrier in the United Kingdom in 1983, Haydn Price says he had “soul searching questions.” He began searching for answers and started accumulating case studies and research on his own work.
The most important tool for farriers is their body. Yet, over the span of a career, the body breaks down due to cumulative destruction generated by the day-to-day work. No farrier has ever beat Father Time.
With the exception of a horse treated for white line disease, John Favicchia’s day focused on helping horses stay sound and competing. However, he routinely works with veterinarians on therapeutic cases.
John Favicchia inherited a love of horses from his father, also named John. So passionate about horses, the elder Favicchia moved out of the city and bought a rundown farm in North Salem, N.Y., refurbishing it over several years.
Have you ever met a farrier with fewer than 5 years of experience who seems to have more certainty than those with significantly more years in the trade? Their confidence on farriery doesn’t correlate to what their actual knowledge and ability indicate. Turns out there is something to this.
Conrad Trow’s farrier practice is based in Oldham County, northwest of Louisville, Ky. When people talk about horses in the Bluegrass State, Lexington may often receive the attention, but Trow says that Oldham County is a hidden gem for the farriers that work there. Why? There are plenty of quality horses in a concentrated area.
This slide shoe shows the process Cornell University farrier Steve Kraus uses to make calipers for applying the golden ratio to his work evaluation. You can read more about this at AmericanFarriers.com/goldenratio.
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