Articles by Jeremy McGovern

The Cost Of Treating Laminitis

A veterinarian and three farriers discuss the cost of treatment and how it affects their approach to helping the horse
Like any disease, treating laminitis comes at a cost. Usually it is the financial aspects that one — especially the client — considers. Cost for diagnosis and treatment may include radiographs, medicines, and the professional fees of the vet and farrier to name a few.
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Reinforcing The Basics Of Horseshoeing

In his fifth decade of shoeing, Bob Pethick still holds true to the principles that have helped him manage horses’ feet
“It all comes down to the basics.” We’ve all heard that, so much that it seems to be a cliché among some in farriery. But this has never become a passing phrase when it comes from Bob Pethick.
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Frankly Speaking: Still Here To Serve You

If you are a frequent reader of American Farriers Journal, you’ve noticed the different look with this issue when you took it from the mailbox or picked it up from the supply shop shelf. This issue is the culmination of more than 18 months of work to update American Farriers Journal.
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Ideas For Improving The Perceived Value Of Your Farrier Practice

Yes, you need to keep horses sound, but how your clients perceive you may have more to do with other factors
Teaching someone how to nail on a keg shoe, according to Bob Smith of Plymouth, Calif., isn’t the most difficult lesson. Of course, that doesn’t account for selecting the correct shoe, shaping it properly to the trim and other aspects of doing that job well. But to successfully run a farrier business takes investment — you need to know more than just how to shoe a horse.
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Recipe For Success As A Therapeutic Farrier

Arizona farrier John Samsill explains how being effective in therapeutic shoeing relies on much more than skills and knowledge.
Every facet of being a farrier requires teamwork. Whether you are working with a single client with a backyard horse or the trainer, owner, groom and others with a high-level performance horse, to effectively do your work means there is a team dynamic.
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Frankly Speaking: The Complexity Of Paying Your Farrier Help

In late May, the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate passed a $15 minimum wage bill. Currently, Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25. Should this plan pass the governor’s desk, the full $15 rate would be reached in 2022 for those age 18 and older. At the time of press, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner had yet to sign this bill, and isn’t expected to do so.
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Success With Street Nail Procedure

At the 2017 Iowa State University (ISU) Spring Clinic and Competition, veterinarian Dane Tatarniuk and resident farrier Doug Russo discussed the street nail procedure (navicular bursotomy procedure) and the role of farriery for the horse post surgery.
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From The Desk Of AFJ

Easier Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better

For farriers, poor communication ranks up there as a work place hazard that can do significant damage to a practice. Although there isn’t the physical injury that comes from other dangers, like being kicked by a spooked horse, poor communication can lead to loss of business severe enough to cripple one’s business.
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Treatment For Dealing With Penetrating Injuries

Iowa State University veterinarian and farrier discuss the street nail procedure as treatment and their roles in helping horses recover from this trauma
Whether you are a farrier or veterinarian, a penetrating injury of the foot won’t be a daily occurrence in your practice. Dane Tatarniuk, a veterinary surgeon at Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine, reminds farriers and veterinarians to be prepared and knowledgeable about this trauma because, at some point, it will happen and you’ll be called on in your role to aid in the animal’s recovery.
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Frankly Speaking: Rather Than Just Talking About It …

Having a good veterinarian-farrier relationship should be evident. Working together as professionals will deliver the best possible care for the horse. Who would argue against it? Yet it seems that it still needs to be stated. It may seem obvious and overdone, but when we seek advice from farriers or vets, the subject comes up often.

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