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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Veterinary Association Approves Model Practice Act

Farriery Exemption Remains Intact in Guiding Principles
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates approved the Model Veterinary Practice Act at its annual convention in Denver, Colo. The final document retains the farriery exemption, which stirred controversy within the hoof-care industry after it originally was omitted.
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Remember, it's Not the Horse’s Idea

Three decades ago, Hall of Fame farrier Dave Duckett offered Jim Quick some sage advice. “He told me, ‘When you walk up to a horse with an idea in your mind, remember that it’s your idea, not the horse’s,’” recalls the Niwot, Colo., farrier. “Looking back, I think I wrecked horses’ feet for years, and I don’t like it.”
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Trimming and Shoeing Strategies for High-Low Feet

Hall of Fame farrier details how he improves performance in horses with mismatched feet
The prevalence of asymmetrical, mismatched or high-low feet has changed dramatically over the past half-century. What once was rare is now an almost daily occurrence that farriers must maintain to keep horses performing as well as possible.
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Your Number 1 Job: Balance the Horse

Forget the bells and whistles and concentrate on trimming the foot appropriately
When scrolling through his social media timeline, Jim Quick can’t help but notice the increasing reliance on gadgets and gimmicks in hoof care. The result is farriers are unnecessarily complicating horseshoeing and straying from their most important job — balancing the horse.
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