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[Podcast] A Conversation With Dick Fanguy

In this episode of the <em>American Farriers Journal</em> podcast, brought to you by American Equus, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with Dick Fanguy, CJF, who previously served as American Farrier’s Association president. He remains involved with the industry by consulting with farrier cases and representing Stonewell Bodies.
In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by American Equus, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with Dick Fanguy, CJF, who previously served as American Farrier’s Association president. He remains involved with the industry by consulting with farrier cases and representing Stonewell Bodies.
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Keeping Fit By Stretching And Strengthening Key Muscles

Crouching under a horse and banging on an anvil 8 hours a day, 5 or more days a week wears down the body over years of work. Farriers’ backs become stiff and sore, tennis elbow can develop and carpal tunnel can debilitate hands and wrists. In such a physical profession, any injury can mean time away from work and money lost. These worries may seem like a long way off to farriers who are just starting out, but certain practices put into effect now can help prevent ache and injury later.


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French equine veterinarian Philippe Benoit says one of the keys to dealing with situations that require opening up the heels is to promote proper heel expansion. He told attendees at the 21st annual Farriers Conference at Cornell University that one way to do this is by trimming the edges of the frog with a hoof knife to open the edges in a narrow V-cut, even cutting the bars. Benoit believes there can be problems with a loop knife or a hoof knife with a hooked blade, since you may not get deep enough to allow the heels to expand. He uses a straight knife.
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The Fit Farrier

You As A Case Study

Proper body mechanics play an important part in longevity in our chosen profession. Bad backs, sore elbows and sore shoulders have plagued many shoers and undoubtedly sent a few to desk jobs.
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