Katie Navarra

Katie Navarra

Katie Navarra is a freelance writer who draws from her experiences owning and showing horses, and inter­viewing the industry’s leading pro­fessionals.

ARTICLES

1_Gens.jpg

Farrier Families Share Strategies to Teach Hoof Care

Horseshoeing might be in their genes, but there’s plenty of blood, sweat and tears

Kids didn’t have career choices in the 1800s. Children were expected to follow in their parent’s footsteps, often in a family business. Blacksmiths of the time, like other tradesmen, relied on their sons to learn the skills and backfill the ranks as their elders retired. Most daughters weren’t offered an option back then.


Read More
G1_Tooth+Hoof.jpg

Are Equine Hoof Wear and Teeth Linked?

Opinions vary about whether a correlation exists between dentistry and hoof balance

Is there a connection between equine tooth alignment and hoof balance? Less than 2 decades ago, discussions surrounding the possibility emerged. Opinions on the topic are mixed. 


Read More
Social-Media.jpg

Boost Your Farrier Practice with Social Media

Poor conduct can be costly to your business and the farrier industry
Finksburg, Md., farrier Harry Serio resisted upgrading from a flip phone to a smartphone until 2016. While Serio doesn’t consider himself a tech-savvy person, he’s learned his way around the phone, although he says it has more functions than he knows (or cares to know) how to use.
Read More
Thrush example

How to Prevent and Treat Thrush in Horse Hooves

Foot trimming basics can reduce the risk of anaerobic bacterial infections
Proportionally speaking, the frog is close to one of the smallest structures in the equine body. Yet, despite its size, it plays a central role in maintaining healthy, sound horses. A healthy frog shares in the load-bearing function of the hoof and absorbs concussion each time the hoof contacts the ground.
Read More
Roy Bloom
International Hoof-Care Summit

6 Questions with Roy Bloom

Wisconsin farrier Roy Bloom is widely known for his expertise under a horse, working in the forge at competitions, in a classroom as a clinician and in the workshop as a tool maker. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in recognition of his commitment to perfecting his blacksmithing.
Read More
View of farrier social media on smartphone

Boost Your Farrier Practice with Social Media

Platforms offer benefits for your business and industry, but poor conduct can be costly

Finksburg, Md., farrier Harry Serio resisted upgrading from a flip phone to a smartphone until 2016. While Serio doesn’t consider himself a tech-savvy person, he’s learned his way around the phone, although he says it has more functions than he knows (or cares to know) how to use. Purchased mainly for GPS capabilities, Serio soon discovered several Facebook groups for farriers and joined the conversation.


Read More
Farrier Steve Foxworth and assistant Matt Lamoreaux

Proven Strategies for Calming Nervous Horses for Hoof Care

Simple techniques can make footcare an easier task

Horses want two basic things in life, peace and comfort. When experiences meet these criteria they are agreeable much of the time. This includes easily tolerating regular trimming and shoeing. But for some horses the recurring visits can be anxiety-provoking for the horse, which may show signs of impatience and nervousness, making the farrier’s handling more complex.


Read More
483_SFL_Jason_Critton_JC_1019.jpg

Farriers Should Not Sedate Clients’ Horses

An improper injection can lead to significant medical and legal liabilities

Sedation during hoof care is a trend New Hampshire-based farrier Mary Bramley is seeing used more frequently. Predominantly, it is used for safety reasons, but Bramley also has seen farriers use it to train horses to stand and others who lean toward sedation on larger accounts because it allows them to get the job done faster.


Read More

Top Articles

Current Issue

View More

Current Issue

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings