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Research Journal: April 2017

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Hoof Disorders Described

Using a cross-sectional survey of 942 randomly selected horses in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers described hoof health and the most common disorders discovered during routine hoof trimming. Several management factors were also analyzed to identify potential risk factors for the hoof problems of interest.


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Preparation Is Everything When Casting A Foot Stephensville, Texas, equine veterinarian John Janicek told attendees of the American Association of Equine Professionals (AAEP) annual convention that it is imperative to have all your materials organized and ready when casting a foot or limb. Be aware of water temperature that you will soak the casting material in, as the warmer the water, the quicker the material will set. He’ll typically soak the casting material for about 10 seconds prior to application.
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Quick Tips For Improving Your Bottom Line

British farrier David Nicholls shares his thoughts on making the business side of farriery more pleasant

David Nicholls clearly understands the need for farriers to operate their businesses as businesses. The West Sussex, England, farrier has keen insight not only from being a practitioner for more than 45 years, but from his overall business experience. He’s worked outside of farriery in varied capacities and within farriery, he’s worked in both single- and multi-farrier practices. But for him, there is one reason why he was qualified to lecture other farriers on the subject of business at the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit.


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Jeremy McGovern
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Technology Changes The Farrier-Client Dynamic

You have to take the good with the bad when it comes to technological advances making our lives easier. I recently spoke with a two farriers independently who each bemoaned a string of poor client interactions. That's not a new subject, but what struck me was how technology has changed the client-farrier interaction.


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