From The Desk Of AFJ

Frank Lessiter
From The Desk Of AFJ

Hooves, Fingernails, Hair Loss And More

Knowing that biotin is used to improve hoof quality and hoof growth, it got me thinking about the benefits of biotin for humans. Doing some research, I learned the benefits of humans taking biotin is based on earlier work with horses.
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Pat Tearney
From the Desk of AFJ

Share Your Most Common Hoof-Care Challenges

Searches of our website indicate high-low syndrome is No. 1

A recent review of terms searched for on our website, www.americanfarriers.com seems to confirm the belief of many farriers that high-low syndrome is virtually endemic among U.S. horses.


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Frank Lessiter
From The Desk Of AFJ

Is The 72-Hour Drug Ban A Concern For Farriers?

Some farriers are finding the 3-day ban on the use of drugs and medications is becoming a more serious issue when working with high-level horses. This is particularly true of those that that need immediate hoof repairs to keep competing. And a big question is whether we'll see a trickle-down effect at more shows that will impact shoers.


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Frank Lessiter
From The Desk Of AFJ

Soring Arrests Now Include First Farrier

While arrests were made earlier this spring of Maryville, Tenn., horse trainer Larry Joe Wheelon and two co-workers suspected of violating the Tennessee law against animal cruelty, an early June arrest was made of a farrier for his role in the disgraceful practice of soring. This represents the first time a farrier has been arrested in conjunction with ongoing state and federal soring investigations.


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Pat Tearney
From The Desk Of AFJ

Walking The Fine Line On Foals

Dealing with young horses presents another example of the importance of using your mind, developing your eye

Dealing with young horses presents another example of the importance of using your mind, developing your eye.


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Frank Lessiter
From The Desk Of AFJ

For Want Of A Nail The Shoe Was Lost

I'm sure most farriers have read the 8-line poem, "For Want of a Nail," which is printed below in its entirety. But few farriers may have heard the 1923 Chicago gangster quotation, as reported in the Chicago Tribune... "For the presence of a horseshoe, Nails was lost." The bizarre 1932 incident involved Chicago gangster Samuel "Nails" Morton, so named because of his "superior qualities in gang fights." A so-called Chicago florist, Morton had been acquitted in the murder of a pair of Chicago police officers in 1922.


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