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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South African Farrier Sees Great Potential in 3D Printing

Improving technology leads to better quality materials and faster production

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.


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Should Farriers Avoid Removing the Periople?

The membrane protects the hoof, but it could be at risk for infection

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.


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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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