Red Renchin was a long-time farrier who called Mequon, Wis., and Wellington, Fla. home. A native of Minnesota and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, he served as Technical Editor of American Farriers Journal. Renchin passed away in 2015.
To say that the equine hoof wall is an amazing structure is a gross understatement. It must withstand a multitude of destructive forces from the environment — both man made and natural — and extreme concussive forces trying to tear it apart. Given these circumstances, it’s no wonder that failures occur.
The scenario can begin in different ways. One involves you pulling the shoes, trimming the feet and noticing a small cavity just inside the white line. Picking up a nail, you give it a scratch and a powder-like substance comes out. More scratching leaves you part way up the hoof wall. Another involves having a horse with hoof walls separating in the most distal part of the foot. While probing the separation, you discover that not only is it separated at the bottom, it goes much higher.
It's not surprising that the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit (IHCS) continued to set record numbers in attendance. It offers the most diverse lectures about farriery, plus the largest trade show in the world. The IHCS is the only place where the farrier industry can get the whole package in one place.
One of the benefits of having a little gray hair on your head is that it gives you the perspective of hind sight. One of the things I regret is not networking earlier in my career with the older seasoned farriers whom I regarded as unapproachable.
Much of the progress made in any field is often based on the ideas and efforts that are developed by highly skilled individuals. One such individual in the equine footcare area is Antoine Corona, a talented French farrier who had a vision more than 15 years ago for developing better horseshoes.
This slide shoe shows the process Cornell University farrier Steve Kraus uses to make calipers for applying the golden ratio to his work evaluation. You can read more about this at AmericanFarriers.com/goldenratio.
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