As this will serve as my last official opportunity to report on our association’s goals and visions over the past 4 years, I’d like to do it more as a review with suggestions on continued progress and direction as I see it.
In my last president's message (American Farriers Journal, March/ April, 2001, pages 106 & 107), I warned that our profession seemed to be under attack from the “Natural Horsemanship” crowd and the barefoot groups in particular. I still maintain that, but would like to clarify a few facts.
To say I am pleased with what we have done together in the last three years would be an understatement. In many ways this work has been my life, but I could not have done it without the help of the many American Farrier’s Association (AFA) volunteers, including our office staff and most recently John McCutchen, our executive director.
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