Completing farrier school is an event that sparks transformation: a former student suddenly becomes a professional farrier, and from there, often progresses to being a small business owner. The first few years can bring many challenges, but also insight gained through experience. Stanley Mullen of Selwyn, New Zealand, is familiar with this, having graduated in 2015 from the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky.
Although some would argue that going barefoot is more natural for the horse in the long run, the fact remains that barefoot horses still face many of the same health concerns that shod horses do — and perhaps are at greater risk for developing complications from walking on man-made or rough terrains. Yet when a client insists that their horse is better off barefoot, what can a farrier do?
Farriers work hard year-round to provide quality hoof care for horses worldwide. Although we hope appreciation is shown all year long, each year we set aside a week dedicated to honoring your work. The 20th annual Farriers Week, sponsored by American Farriers Journal, will take place from July 8-14, 2018.
Breast cancer isn't a topic that most people associate with farriery. When disease and farriers are spoken of in the same conversation, it often has to do with equine health. However, Billy Crothers and Myron McLane are using their work as farriers to raise awareness about breast cancer research.
Every now and then, farriers have to think outside the box when confronting multiple problems to restore the health of a horse's foot. Achilles was one of those horses that challenged farrier Dave Giza to be creative with hoof-care solutions. He had to meet unusual challenges with a unique support team, creative use of tools and new methods to reach a good end result.
Documents provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the American Horse Council suggest that equines transported for personal use will not be subject to Electronic Logging Device and Hours Of Service regulations.
Discussion concerning proposed changes to the Model Veterinary Practice Act continues to grow. Both the American Farrier’s Association and American Association of Professional Farriers issued statements Friday regarding their knowledge of and stance on the proposed elimination of the farrier exemption.
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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From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness.