American inventor Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It’s a sentiment that Derek Poupard can no doubt relate. After all, while he might not approach the more than 1,000 patents that are credited to Edison, the South African farrier has several creations under his belt.
A Thoroughbred horse organization and affiliates in 11 states are suing to stop the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, calling its delegation of oversight to a private authority a violation of the United States Constitution.
When asking a farrier about his or her philosophy on any number of hoof-care tasks — trimming protocol, shoe fit, even shoe or nail choice — the answers are largely unpredictable because they vary widely. However, when asking farriers how they regard the periople, they fall into one of two camps — those who avoid it and those who remove it.
A trio of Congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to create a federal law enforcement division to improve the investigation, application and prosecution of felony animal cruelty crimes.
As the sun sets on 2020 and the 116th Congress, the verbal jousting intensifies over proposed legislation that aims to fulfill the original intent of the Horse Protection Act — the abolition of soring.
More than 30 years ago, Roy Bloom set his sights on making the American Farriers Team. He spent a great deal of time in the fire to improve his skills, efficiency and time, all while shoeing full time. Then he felt it.
In this episode, Arizona farrier Eric Billingsley shows the 4-Star gooseneck trailer and truck he relies on to navigate the hilly, desert country he calls home. He purchased and designed that trailer about 20 years ago and it continues to provide Billingsley and his apprentices with business efficiency and peace of mind.
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