From The Desk Of AFJ

From The Desk Of AFJ

Can Common Ground Be Found?

Admittedly, I was harsh and not thorough enough in the detail in my critique of the institutional evaluation of farriers contributing to veterinary continuing education. Due to the brevity of the editorial, I didn't touch on the farrier's responsibility in this.
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Hats Off To Farriers

Scrolling through the mental Rolodex of farriers who I've had the privilege of meeting, several words come to mind that aptly describe each one - professional, knowledgeable, industrious, creative, talented. I could go on and on, yet there's one adjective that comes to mind more often than any other: generous.
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When The Government Investigates You

As a farrier, you don't have to like Blake Primm. You don't have to like how he and other Tennessee Walker farriers shoe their clients' horses with padded packages. But if you are a horseshoer, you should be concerned about how the government investigated hoof-care practices in his case.
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Do You Have A Plan?

A video is making the rounds on social media and getting a fair amount of attention in the equine community. Yet, it’s deserving of greater consideration among farriers. Although it’s not an easy video to watch, it’s a must-see for those who work around horses day-in and day-out.
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Staring You In The Face

This week’s tip got me to think about a recent clinic I attended at the Minnesota School of Horseshoeing/Duggan Farrier Supplies in March. It wasn’t so much the tip that I took away, but how it revealed a truth weeks later.
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Welcome To The New AmericanFarriers.com

In early April, we officially unveiled a completely redesigned website. Featuring a clean, organized look with easy-to-browse content, the AmericanFarriers.com website will be the largest depository of equine footcare news and insights found anywhere on the Internet, with years of American Farriers Journal magazine content and containing all of the stories that have appeared in our bi-weekly Hoof-Care Insider e-newsletter.
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Carriage Horse Foes Ignore The Evidence

Certain quarters of our society direct a fair amount of derision and scorn at those who refuse to worship at the altar of science. So it’s rather peculiar that these same quarters ignore the experts while trying to rid New York City of horse-drawn carriages.
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Friday The 13th And Farrier Regulation

American Farriers Journal and the other members of Lessiter Publications are in the process of moving to a new office. Packing and purging for a move is not one of my favorite activities, so I’m happy to procrastinate by providing extra “scrutiny” when going through old magazines, story ideas and photos.
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