Articles by Jeff Cota

The Man With A Plan

Hall Of Fame Farrier Billy Crothers shares how to improve your efficiency when forging horseshoes
Practice makes perfect. Although it’s a glib cliché, to be sure but it serves a purpose. One cannot truly master a task without repetition. It’s certainly true for forging shoes — and golfing.
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How Can Farriers Protect Their Interests?

American Veterinary Medical Association’s proposed elimination of farrier exemption underscores industry’s call to action
Farriers belong to an industry with a healthy contribution to the United States economy. The entire equine industry generates about $122 billion in total economic impact, according to the American Horse Council (AHC) Foundation’s 2017 Economic Impact Study of the U.S. Horse Industry, which was released in late February. It’s responsible for 1.74 million jobs and $79 billion in total salaries, wages and benefits.
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AFA Suggests Changes To AVMA’s Proposed Policy

AAPF offers commenting guidance for its members
As the deadline looms to submit comments on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s proposal to remove the farriery exemption from the Model Veterinary Practice Act, two of the largest farrier associations issued statements on the issue Monday.
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Farriers Research Each Day, Why Not Document It?

Collecting and sharing data improves the life of the horse and the industry
Conducting research has a reputation for being a daunting task. Most farriers even find it intimidating. Yet, hoof-care and research share common ground. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary de­fines research as, a “studious inquiry or examination; especially [an] investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws.”
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Shoeing For A Living

The Reluctant Remedial Shoer

California farrier Travis Koons finds success relying on a minimalist approach in therapeutic cases
“You don’t want to shoe lames horses, trust me.” Bob Marshall tried to warn the confident young farrier, but the then 18-year-old Travis Koons had made up his mind. The Hemet, Calif., youngster had printed business cards, announcing that his farrier practice specializes in pathological, remedial and corrective horseshoeing.
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