Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Managing Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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Shoeing For A Living

Shoeing Mackinac Island’s Horses With Limited Resources

Michigan farrier Jennifer Horn applies sound principles to maintain driving and trail riding mounts
There are few places in the United States where a modern community has no use for motorized vehicles. One such place can be found on Mackinac Island, just south of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Lake Huron. The island, which is 3.8 square miles, outlawed horseless carriages in 1898, leaving three modes of transportation — walking, bicycling and horses.
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Book Review

I Never Called Myself a Cowboy ­

By Jim Keith
Many within the farrier industry are well acquainted with Tucumcari, N.M., farrier Jim Keith as a horseshoer, toolmaker, educator, not to mention a talented artist with both hammer and pencil. The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member puts the latter to good use by sharing stories from his time working at the historic Bell Ranch in his book I Never Called Myself a Cowboy.
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News & Notes

U.S. Veterans Affairs Suspends California’s GI Bill Authority

Decision allows Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School to accept program
As Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School awaits its court date challenging California’s vocational admission laws, it and other private educational institutions scored a victory in their fight with the state over United States military veterans’ benefits.
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Reiner Farriers Focus on More Than the Slide

Texas farrier offers insight into keeping these equine athletes going
The slide is the most recognized maneuver in reining, yet there’s much more to the sport than making dirt fly. Keeping that in mind, the farrier must shoe the reiner for all of the maneuvers, all the while playing a pivotal role in keeping the reiner in the show ring.
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Shoeing For A Living

Training the Next Generation of West Texas Farriers

Blane Chapman and his brothers emphasize education and fundamentals in their hoof-care practices
When shoeing in Lubbock, Texas, there’s a good chance that the farrier is working on a Quarter Horse. It’s also a good bet that the farrier is either a Chapman or someone who has worked for a Chapman.
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