Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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News & Notes

Federal Appeals Court Denies Motions to Vacate HISA Ruling, Rehear Case

District court will consider whether legislation satisfies constitutional violations

Federal legislation to satisfy constitutional concerns surrounding the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is not enough for an appellate court to retract its ruling, nor will it rehear the case.


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Custom Trailer Keeps Oregon Farrier Dry

Efficient workstation keeps Zach Morris dry and working

When shoeing in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, it’s a fair bet you’re going to get wet. The region sees 179 days of precipitation during the year — averaging more than 60 inches of rain and 4 inches of snow. For the sake of comparison, the national average is 38 inches of rain.



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Reliance on the Basics Benefits the Horse and Farrier

Hank Chisholm urges reliance on the foundations of farriery for the good of the horse

When building a house, a solid foundation first must be established to ensure that the structure remains sound for continued long-term use. The same is true for farriery.
Yet, humans are in a hurry. We often want to run before learning to walk. In farrier terms, some want to forge a three-quarter fullered shoe before learning to bend a toe. After shoeing for nearly 40 years, Hank Chisholm of Lucedale, Miss., emphasizes the importance of establishing a solid foundation in the basics of farriery and then relying on it for the rest of your career.


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Proposed $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill Amends Horseracing Law to Fix Constitutional Flaws

Legislation earmarks $4 million to enforce Horse Protection Act

Congress will bolster the Federal Trade Commission’s oversight of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in a bid to satisfy constitutional flaws as part of its $1.7 trillion spending bill. A vote is expected this week.


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9 States Ask Senator to Halt Lame Duck Constitutional Fix for Horseracing Law

Attorneys general call for “deliberate consideration” in congressional committees

Nine states are urging the Senate minority leader to stop work on updating legislation to correct constitutional flaws in the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act during a lame-duck session.


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Shoeing for a Living

Arabian Show Horse Farrier Plays the Angles

Oregon farrier Zach Morris keeps mounts sound through challenges of shoeing rules and conformational faults

These are busy days for Zach Morris.
The Lyons, Ore., farrier is logging significant miles — both on the road and in the air — as several of his clients will be making the trek to Tulsa, Okla., for the United States National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show. With a little more than 2 weeks before the show, Morris has his work cut out for him.


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