Articles by Jeremy McGovern

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Alert Clients to Signs of Potential Underlying Issues

This collaboration for intervention has become more necessary as more novice owners have entered the industry.

In many cases, the farrier sees the horse more frequently than the veterinarian. Because of this, the farrier often can serve as an advocate for the horse and alert the owner when the horse exhibits signs that indicate a need for veterinary intervention. owners have entered the industry, and lacking the horsemanship to recognize these cues.


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Manage Clients with Direct Communication

Oklahoma farrier Tom Trosin finds better client relationships through speaking directly with clients rather than relying on texting and email

Last year, a younger farrier rode in Tom Trosin’s shoeing truck. While chatting between stops, the junior horseshoer identified one aspect of farriery that the Oklahoma farrier excels at — and it has nothing to do with trimming and shoeing.


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Manufacturers Share Frustrations with, but Offer Help with Racetrack Shoeing Regulations

Group outlines issues with HISA's shoeing regulations and impact on production
Established by federal law in 2020, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority was entrusted with creating uniform rules affecting various areas of Thoroughbred racing in the United States. However, the establishment and enforcement of shoeing regulations have left many in the farrier industry frustrated.
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Welding an Aluminum Bar Shoe in the Forge

Colombian farrier Ivan Gomez uses aluminum bar stock and a welding rod to make a bar shoe.
There is an abundance of aluminum horseshoes on the market, particularly for therapeutic needs. Ivan Gomez believes farriers need forging skills not only to modify manufactured shoes specific for the horse’s needs, but also have the ability to make an appropriate shoe at the horse if lacking the inventory.
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What Causes Hoof Capsule Distortions?

A quick survey of common causes of distortions to the hoof capsule
Tom Petersen defines distortions as alterations from the original form. More specific for farriers, common deviations like flares or crushed heels are alterations of the original form of the hoof capsule.
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How to Forge a Fuller

Alabama farrier Phillip Box shows how he makes this farrier tool
The tool bug bit Phillip Box several years ago, motivating him to attend toolmaking clinics. The Notasulga, Ala., farrier drove across the Yellowhammer State once a week for years to learn from Russell Colvin, a well-known toolmaker.
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Communication Key for Managing Clients

Last year, a younger farrier rode in Tom Trosin’s shoeing truck. While chatting between stops, the junior horseshoer identified one aspect of farriery that the Oklahoma farrier excels at — and it has nothing to do with trimming and shoeing.
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