The Humane Society of the United States and its legislative fund have filed a lawsuit in federal court to compel the United States Department of Agriculture to enact a rule that aims to end soring by amending the Horse Protection Act.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
While the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act awaits a vote in the United States House of Representatives, members of Congress have approved an amendment to an appropriations bill that aims to enforce the Horse Protection Act.
Farriers Week is a time to annually recognize the hoof-care professionals who make a difference in the equine industry. American Farriers Journal solicited tributes from members of the equine community. This video honors many of the farriers featured in this year's tributes, with words of wisdom taken from International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Dave Farley's closing speech at the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit
The Western States Farrier's Association will host a Southern California Classic Warm Up and American Farrier's Association Certification Training and Support Clinic. Travis Baker will be the clinician.
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