Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota

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

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Tips for Pain-Free Arms

Hall of Fame farriers share how they keep their wrists and elbows healthy
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.
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AFJ’s 45th Anniversary

The Farrier Industry’s Biggest Challenge: Mastering the Basics

Years of study, practice and experience are necessary before a shoer is skilled
Tradition that is based on sound principles should be retained and mastered. It is the foundation for everything else we do.” Dr. Doug Butler, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame, wrote those words nearly a quarter-
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Tips for Hiring Better Hoof-Care Help

Associates must meet tough criteria to be hired by Hall of Fame farrier’s practice
Hiring help can be one of the most advantageous moves that a farrier makes. Yet, it also can be daunting, especially when the arrangement ends unexpectedly. An American Farriers Journal internet poll finds that the vast majority do not look positively on hiring. When asked about their experiences, 75% say that it’s typically a struggle finding and retaining apprentices. Another 24% say that finding and retaining apprentices is a mixed bag. Just 1% say it’s typically a smooth process.
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The Making of a Stand

Farriery is an ancient profession, to be sure. While balancing hooves with a trim and nailing on shoes remain the foundational tasks, there have been considerable advances in the industry. Many times, significant sacrifices are made to bring innovations to the farrier market. Some sacrifices are more significant than others.
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