Toby Raymond

Toby Raymond is a horse owner and freelance writer who lives in Vermont. She is a frequent contributor to American Farriers Journal.



Educating Horse Owners As Part Of The Job

You can improve your business by letting clients know how they can make it easier to do your job
You have a busy day ahead which means that keeping on track depends largely on having mannerly horses with clean, dry feet waiting when you arrive. Someone on hand ready to hold each horse for the duration without interruption is a plus, as are aisles clear of debris, dogs locked up and - of course - and payment waiting for you at the end of it all.
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Complementary Therapies Gaining Wider Use in Hoof Care

Acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments seen as best used in conjunction with more conventional treatments
Once considered outside the realm of commonplace medical procedures, complementary equine therapies, such as acupuncture and animal chiropractic are undergoing a growing acceptance. Both topics were included on the agenda of the American Veterinary Medical Association annual convention held in Seattle, Wash., during July.
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Making The Case For Building Your Forging Skills

These farriers say the forge is the foundation of good farriery and also will improve your shoeing business
The village smithy is a thing of the past. Today, the sound of steel against steel is more typically heard from an anvil hauled from the back of a farrier rig, more often from modifying a keg shoe than building a shoe from hot steel.
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Bob Smith

You Don’t Dare Stop Learning

Top farrier educators say continuing your education is vital for providing better hoof care and building your business
Concentrating on a particular discipline or area of interest in is one way to focus your continuing farriery education, says Bob Smith.
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Dealing With Thin-Soled Shoes

Soles get thin for a variety of reasons figuring out which one is the key to treating a case properly
The sole is the guardian that shields the sensitive structures of the hoof from contact with the outside world. Acting as the primary barrier against ground surface trauma, it is designed to handle concussion naturally; however, it seems that this once efficient protector has become one of the most abused structures of a horse’s anatomy.
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Mike Hayward

There's Just a Little More to Balance

New farrier finds similarities to former career training and trimming elephants
Even in a profession known for unlikely beginnings, Mike Hayward’s route to becoming a farrier is unusual. Before he turned to shoeing horses, Hayward, a native of Somerset, England, was the head elephant trainer for the Blue Unit at the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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