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Successful Track Shoeing Requires A Strong Start Out Of The Gate

To take care of the needs of track Thoroughbreds, Kentucky farrier Steve Norman relies on knowledge, skill and a team of horseshoers
There’s an old saying that time heals all wounds. It is overstated, but it certainly applies to equine athletes. Although not true in every case, many horses recover from a myriad of foot and lower limb problems if given ample time off from training and competition so they can recover. That’s a wonderful thought, but a luxury few track shoers enjoy. Georgetown, Ky., farrier Steve Norman knows that reality all too well. For more than 45 years, he’s handled footcare for Thoroughbreds on the track and at farms. He’s built a practice to where he now primarily works for larger barns and farms.
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Test Aluminum’s Heat Before Working With It

Aluminum holds its heat well, but are you working it at the correct temperature?
Aluminum stock remains a popular choice for a variety of horses, primarily due to its lighter weight. Another advantage is that aluminum can be shaped hot or cold. While the typical thinking might be that racing plates and lighter shoes will be shaped cold, and heavier aluminum shoes like those used for hunters and jumpers will be put in the forge, that also proves to be a matter of personal preference.
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2013 International Hoof-Care Summit

[Video] Live From The Trade Show Floor: Vettec Shows Their Adhesive Product

Tab Pigg of Vettec tells American Farriers Journal about the Adhere, a fast-setting urethane adhesive designed to bond steel, aluminum and urethane shoes to the hoof and to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs. 2013 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees are able to see this and learn more about Vettec hoof-care products on the trade show floor.
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The Farrier's Role in Enhancing Hunter and Jumper Performance

Shoers are a key part of the team that helps these equine athletes attain their peak
To say that shoeing show hunters and jumpers is a challenging job is an understatement. The competition is intense. Owners, trainers and riders are constantly vigilant to ensure that horses are presented at their very best.
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Tips For Working With Aluminum

As the demand grows for these light, versatile shoes, it makes sense for farriers to learn the ins and outs of using them
If you should one day decide you'd like to carry every aluminum horseshoe on the market, you'd better plan on buying a big shoeing rig.
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