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Red Flags for Farriers

Recognize Improper Shoe Fit and Size

Reviewing these subtle signs will serve as a reminder for providing each horse with the best possible shoe fit
Before I wrote this article, I thought it would be a quick write up with pictures of poorly fitted shoes and correctly fitted shoes. As I began typing, I quickly realized how many factors are essential for a properly fitted shoe and how many "red flags" about improper fit can pop up.
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Recognize Different Types Of Problematic Clients

Identifying traits of problematic clients will help you determine which ones to keep
I'm sure you have clients who raise your blood pressure as soon as you see their name on your schedule. After years of hard work building a solid business, getting rid of clients seems to fly in the face of your desire to increase your client base and income. But firing clients may just be what your business and your mental health need.
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Recognize Subtle Signs of Horse Discomfort

Your ability to better identify and address what could be causing discomfort with a horse will aid in educating the novice horse owner
Horse owners have all types of backgrounds and motivations for owning horses. Some have vast experience while others have next to none. While working with this variety of clients, farriers must know how to handle and advise each one individually. Educated owners will be able to recognize subtle signs of discomfort. However, today there are many clients who lack that familiarity and knowledge.
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Recognize When it’s Time to Fire a Client

Have the awareness to recognize when a business relationship is failing, and take the steps to improve or end it
As farriers, we are self-employed in a service industry. I'm sure after establishing your practice, you realized there are many things that the self-employed have to resolve.
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Is it Time to Toss that Tool?

Look for the signs that your implements are beyond repair
As wear and tear takes its toll on our tools, a farrier's instinct is to tweak, maintain or fix it. There are times, though, when we should resist our natural tendency to repair it.
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Are you Driving Proper Nails?

If you’re shoeing horses that are coming up lame, look for signs that your hammering is missing the mark
While shoeing, nail placement can mean the difference between a well-shod horse and one that's lame.
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Could the Problem Be with Your Trim?

If the foot condition isn’t where you want it, look for the signs that you are inconsistent or aren’t addressing the horse’s needs when trimming
The trim is the foundation to what every farrier wants to accomplish with a sound horse — keep the horse that way. Get the trim wrong, and everything else done afterward in the shoeing process becomes compromised.
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