Articles by Red Renchin

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Matty Spinelli: Farrier With A Hammer Hand

Florida shoer lost his hand more than 60 years ago, but he never stopped shoeing horses
The stories of farrier courage, persistence and dedication are the stuff of legend. The desire to finish what is started transcends broken bones, failed muscles and severed blood vessels. Fortunately, most of these calamities have to be endured for only a short period.
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Sorting Out Your Welding Choices

With lots of options, the key is finding the system that best fits the needs of your practice and the limits of your pocketbook
Welding equipment is almost standard equipment at Standardbred tracks, where track farriers weld Borium to shoes for traction and make other modifications throughout busy days. Here Terry Burger adds Borium to shoes in his shop at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino near Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Shoeing's Dirty Dozen

Trimming seconds from these areas will improve your efficiency and pay off in an improved bottom line
When clients hire you to work on their horse's feet, they also buy a little part of your life. We farriers sell our time, our skills and the investment in our equipment.
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Shoeing for a Living

Living Life in the Slow Lane, but Shoeing on a Fast Track

Amish farrier Eli Beiler excels at getting the most out of high-performance Standardbreds
Eli Beiler at work on the feet of a Standardbred near his Gap, Pa., home. Beiler has been shoeing horses since 1974. While the Amish are known for their adherence to old ways, Beiler does use some modern materials and tools in his shoeing.
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Gluing on Shoes, Curtis Burns Style

Florida farrier not only invented his own glue-on shoe, he’s developed his own meticulous methods for putting them on
While having breakfast at Palm Beach Farrier Supply last winter, some of the other regulars suggested that I interview local farrier Curtis Burns about his shop and business, Burns Polyflex Shoe.
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Shoeing for a Living

Mark of a Pro

Alabama farrier Mark Rikard has built a successful farrier business by focusing on results and emphasizing professionalism
The final days of February can’t quite decide if they want to be winter- or spring-like as we meet farrier Mark Rikard outside his home in suburban Birmingham, Ala.
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