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Friday's Farrier Facts & Figures

Time At Work | Using Clips

This week's facts and figures... How Many Hours Per Week Does The Typical Farrier Work? How Do Farriers Handle The Need For Clips? This edition of Farrier Facts & Figures is brought to you by Markel Insurance Co.
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Getting To The Bottom Of Toe Cracks

Understanding what causes the problem is critical to correcting it

Toe cracks come in different forms, but none of them look good. Some cracks are small, others are long up the wall. Some are deep and others are superficial. All of us have heard, “Can you fix that crack?” Some can be corrected, but others will die with the horse. The biggest thing we must learn is what causes the crack in the first place. It’s just as important to know where it comes from as to where it’s going.

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Nothing Goes To Waste In This Farrier’s Shop

For this instructor, the most important lesson in his shop is to think outside the box when at the forge
Growing up in a family that bred Quarter Horses, there was no doubt that Sonny Pistilli was going to make a career in the equine industry. It was through the need to tack on a shoe that he became a farrier. In 1965, his farrier couldn't make it out to put a shoe back on a prized show horse. The judge disqualified the horse for only wearing three shoes. He began riding with his mentor, the legendary Seamus Brady, to learn the basics in case he found himself in a pinch again. After 5 months, he was hooked on the trade.
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Looking For Advice On Drawing Clips

Q: Am I the only person who struggles with clips — especially side clips. I have no problem drawing the material without distorting the nail holes, but after I am done drawing out the material, I am left with an extremely straight branch or a “mule shoe.” Does anybody know how to avoid this dilemma?
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Veteran University of California-Davis equine veterinarian Jack Snyder has several valuable recommendations for maintaining sound feet in sport horses:

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