Randy S Luikart

Randy S Luikart

Randy Luikart is a Hall of Fame farrier based in Ashland, Ohio. He has shod horses for more than 50 years and is a past president of the American Farrier’s Association.

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There’s More to Toe Length than Meets the Eye

Toe length is relative to each horse and many factors should be considered for what is best for a particular horse
Which toe length do we talk about? What — there is more than one? No doubt we all discuss toe length, but exactly what toe length do we mean? Most people will comment that feet are too long simply by looking at the dorsal aspect of the hoof.
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Observations

Think Again Before Trimming a Negative Palmar Angle Foot

Has the reliance on radiographs removed common sense before we pick up a foot?
This year marks my 55th year of shoeing horses. Techniques have changed several times throughout that career based on subjective evaluation and misleading science. We now live in the age of information (and misinformation), and those who force their opinions on our farriery practices are expanding. Throw in a measure of “how-to” by owners and veterinarians who don’t shoe horses for a living, yet feel the need to tell us how to do it anyway. Fortunately, knowledge will help weed out the stupid stuff.
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Opinion

Mechanical Considerations for Shoeing

Are we hindering performance horses, especially racing Thoroughbreds, by failing to consider the hoof and limb mechanics?
Unfortunately as a community, farriers have been repeatedly force-fed information that is presented as scientific, but in fact bears little or no resemblance to good science or fact. However, there is science known about locomotion and the linear relationship between farrier techniques and altering that locomotion.
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Booknotes: A Super Reference For Every Farrier’s Bookshelf

Scientific Horseshoeing (A reprint of the extremely rare 1906 ninth edition) By Professor William Russell
This 384-page work by Professor Russell has been a source of valid information for farriers for nearly 140 years. Hardly an article or research paper is written today without containing some reference to his work. That in itself speaks to the necessity of every farrier having this book on his or her bookshelf.
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Booknotes: A Super Reference For Every Farrier’s Bookshelf

Scientific Horseshoeing (A reprint of the extremely rare 1906 ninth edition) By Professor William Russell
This 384-page work by Professor Russell has been a source of valid information for farriers for nearly 140 years. Hardly an article or research paper is written today without containing some reference to his work. That in itself speaks to the necessity of every farrier having this book on his or her bookshelf.
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Booknotes: A Super Reference For Every Farrier’s Bookshelf

Scientific Horseshoeing (A reprint of the extremely rare 1906 ninth edition) By Professor William Russell
This 384-page work by Professor Russell has been a source of valid information for farriers for nearly 140 years. Hardly an article or research paper is written today without containing some reference to his work. That in itself speaks to the necessity of every farrier having this book on his or her bookshelf.
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Toe Mechanics

Taking away the toes hurts the horse more than it helps
In recent years, there has been an abundance of published information on the length of toe affecting normal function of the horse’s limb.
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