FARRIERS MAY PRIDE themselves on being their own boss and owning their own company, but with the expansion of the International Union of Journeymen Horseshoers of the United States and Canada, now may be the time for shoers to think about joining a union.
If there's one issue that baffles farriers and veterinarians, it’s how to deal with laminitis. Farriers find it hard to distinguish between the tested methods of treatment for laminitis and the people who are out there trying to sell a quick-fix solution to this debilitating problem.
WHEN IT COMES to finding new trimming, shoeing and business management ideas for running your shoeing business, nothing beats the highly practical and time-tested ideas successfully used by veterans in the business.
There's certainly no single way to help a horse suffering from a club foot, but American Farriers Journal took the time to document one case that has seen incredible results over nearly a 1 year period.
A farrier would be hard-pressed to find a problem more difficult to treat than laminitis. Without identification and treatment in its early phases, laminitis progresses to the chronic stage that can lead to displacement of the third phalanx within the hoof capsule, severe pain for the horse and eventually euthanasia.
Racing from barn to barn, working on horses well after dark and spending numerous hours doing the bookwork for your business doesn’t leave you a lot of time to get the recognition you so rightly deserve. Knowing the humble mindset of horseshoers – you’d probably like to keep it that way.
Illinois farrier Vern Powell shares the benefits of looking at feet in terms of steel length instead of a standard factory shoe sizes. It could give you a leg up in a forging competition or when sitting for an examination.
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