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Molding Better Backyard Horse Clients

Communication and motivating owners are keys to managing hoof care
One of the stone cold, lead pipe locks in the industry is that the overwhelming majority of farriers work on backyard horses. Only 8% of all farriers do not have a single backyard horse client, according to American Farriers Journal’s 2016 Farrier Business Practices Survey, which starts on Page 22. That percentage has not moved appreciably in 14 years. It’s a safe bet that the needle won’t move in the foreseeable future.
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Horseshoeing’s Engineering Puzzle Charms Finger Lakes Farrier

Kirk Smith enjoys the challenge of balancing the horse’s system of levers and pulleys

Horses have been a staple in Kirk Smith’s life long before he started shoeing horses in Freeville, N.Y.

He always had horses while growing up in the small farming town of Clark in northeastern South Dakota. He cut his teeth working cattle part-time as a high school student and later during his summer breaks while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Along the way, he broke and trained horses.


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Online Extras: March 2016 Issue

Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

  • Video of farrier Kirk Smith forging concave shoes.
  • Advice from a farrier/vet on modifying hoof boots to address chronic laminitis.
  • 2016 International Horseshoeing & Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame induction videos.
  • Farrier insight on hospital plates.
  • World Health Organization's guidelines for hand washing.
  • Jon Atkinson's guide for calculating the measurements of surgical shoes.

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