Articles by Mike Podoll

Hoof Repair

Essential Tips For Using Adhesives In Hoof Repairs

A look at the how, when and why of using these products for various hoof repair and glue-on work

The development, evolution and versatility of today’s adhesive products have made farriers’ lives easier. Repair procedures that used to be extremely time consuming such as rebuilding severely damaged feet, hoof-wall rebuilds due to pulled shoes, quarter cracks, glue-ons, etc., can now be relatively fast-moving jobs.

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A Worthy Task Force

Farriers, veterinarians step up to provide emergency hoof care and equine rescue procedures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated the United States’ Gulf Region, one of the less publicized stories involving animal rescue and voluntary aid revolved around an incredible joint effort of a number of farriers, veterinarians and veterinary students in Louisiana.

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Sigafoos Series

Glue-On Alternatives Still Work

Glue-on cuffs, adaptor pads, therapeutic kits remain a viable option for shoers

Despite the advancements in today’s adhesives, acrylics and other types of materials that can be used to build up and repair damaged feet, there are still a wide variety of other options out there that can help fill a farrier’s specific needs.

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Shoeing for a Living

Teamwork Rules the Day

Veteran Las Vegas farrier combines teamwork, continuing education, helping others and quality shoeing work to run a successful shoeing business
Several common themes become crystal clear when you spend some time with Mike Dawson.
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Hoof Boot

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Here’s a look at how, when and why farriers should use or recommend hoof boots to their clients

When you say “hoof boots” to someone in the horse industry, you’ll get varying reactions depending upon who you’re talking to.

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Stable Footing

Using traction devices such as screw-in studs or drive-in calks offer much-needed grip and protection, but farriers say use only when absolutely needed
Providing your client's horses with proper traction is critical toward keeping the horse safe, ensuring healthy feet, preventing injury and getting the optimum performance out of shoes.
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Pride In the Profession

Seventh Annual National Farriers Week Offers Well-Deserved Recognition of the Shoeing Industry

By the time July hits, odds are that you’ve been working long hours at a fast pace since spring.

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Heart Bar Mold
Product Focus

Heart Bar Mold Saves Time, Money, Mess

Vettec’s Heart Bar Mold provides farriers with much-needed assistance in achieving the “perfect fit” with heart bar shoes

Until recently, unless a farrier had a certain level of forging skills, it was a time-consuming and often messy process to get a proper fit on many therapeutic shoes.

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