Articles by Jeremy McGovern

Shoeing For A Living

Waging The Battle Against Distortion

After 30 years as a farrier, Pennsylvania shoer Doug Neilson finds his everyday work has evolved by becoming more straight-forward in his approach
Doug Neilson never set out to be an eventing farrier. He rode show hunters when growing up on Long Island, N.Y. After meeting his wife Ann in college, they married and lived in Delaware, where she came from.
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Always Consider What Affects The Hoof’s Shape

Dr. Simon Curtis reminds farriers that there are a multitude of factors that affect hoof shape — and should be considered when trimming and shoeing horses
When working with horses, it is imperative for the farrier to mentally review aspects that affect the shape of the hoof. Some of these factors can be influenced by you as the farrier, while others are completely out of your control. All should be considered when trimming and shoeing the horse, as these factors will influence your decisions in maintaining its hooves.
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How To Pack For A Forging Contest

Pennsylvania farrier and forging competitor shows how he packs his tools for forging contests.
Forging competitors will say that the education gained through contest preparation exceeds whatever prize they could earn by winning a competition. Much of what they learn is through the preparation for a forging contest. Although the practice of shoe- or toolmaking gets much of the competitor's attention, packing for that contest shouldn't be overlooked.
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Where Are Most Western Horse Lamenesses?

Known as “the vet truck,” the Equine Sports Medicine (ESM) mobile veterinary clinic provides top-notch care for equine athletes competing in horse shows across the nation. The practice’s two partners, Dr. Alan Donnell and Dr. Dave Frisbie, have dedicated their careers to using evidence-based approaches to treat the variety of orthopedic injuries that top-tier athletic horses experience.
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Helping Sport Horses Compete Through Suspensory Injuries

Knowing how to do these modifications has become more necessary as suspensory issues have become more prevalent with sport horses
In the sport horse world, certainly at higher levels, problems with the suspensory apparatus have grown. Through his conversations with equine veterinarians, farrier Dave Farley says that they estimate about 80% of the sport horse lameness issues they encounter are somehow related to the suspensory.
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Are You Proactive Or Reactive With Performance Horses?

The key to successfully providing hoof care for the performance horse rests with your ability to be proactive for the horse’s individual needs
When looking at the general horse population, Grant Moon views what he calls the “big middle.” Many of the horses in this populace have been assigned jobs that they just aren’t suitable for to achieve at high levels. But in reality, when the farrier arrives to shoe that horse, his or her opinion on the suitability of the horse to its newly assigned job is irrelevant.
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