As part of its commitment to continuing education programs for farriers, Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center once again sponsored a "Day with a Clinician" door prize for attendees at the 2013 International Hoof-Care Summit. This year's winner was David Goedde, from Belleville, Ill.
As a hoof-care consultant, I run into some truly unusual cases now and then, but on a whole, the cases I see usually involve the same problems — deep thrush, quarter cracks, white line disease, chronic abscessing and sore heels.
In 2002, a veterinarian friend stopped in the shop where I was working as the resident farrier for a large equine medical center. She had a simple question: “How do I get farriers to take the time to communicate?”
Apache was presented to the veterinary clinic where I was the resident farrier in 2003. The horse, who stands nearly 16-hands high, had a right front lameness. He also has high-low syndrome, meaning that one foot has a long toe and a low heel and the other foot has a short toe and a high heel.
Snow Star was first presented at the Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic in Loomis, Calif., where I was the resident farrier, in February 2004. She was evaluated for lacerations to the left hind leg and foot.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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