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Jeremy McGovern
From The Desk Of AFJ

The Pressure Of High Stakes

Next week, California Chrome goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Getting less attention in the press is the work of the horse's farrier, Judd Fisher. That's not unexpected. The joke has always been that a farrier never gets attention unless there is a "problem" with the foot.


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Frank Lessiter
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Top Farriers Share Their Very Best Ideas

The AFJ editors asked 19 Hall Of Famers to reveal one piece of advice that they would want to share with other farriers. Calling on their many years of experience as hoof-care professionals, this was no easy task as each of these farriers could share valuable ideas that could fill hundreds of pages in a book.


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Jeremy McGovern
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A Talent Required For Horse Shows

One of the many maxims of farriery is to never criticize the work of another farrier because you don't know what he or she was facing when they were working with the horse. This should be practiced at the various levels and settings found in this trade.
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Jeremy McGovern
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Want To Become A Farrier? Start Elsewhere

Every now and then I receive a phone call from someone interested in becoming a farrier. They always want to know what shoeing school I'd recommend. I talk to them for a few minutes to find out their history, especially work experience. Toward the end of the conversation, I never recommend a particular shoeing school. I offer different advice, which may serve as a good reminder for established farriers.


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