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Managing Conformational Faults: A Farrier’s Approach

Understanding deviations and their role in load distribution are critical
A horse’s conformation exerts a tremendous amount of influence on the hoof capsule, and in turn how a farrier trims and shoes the foot. Ideally, one should be able to drop a plumb line from the shoulder to the ground that bisects a distal limb that features a carpus and hoof that point forward.
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How Uneven Feet Affect Locomotion

Understanding the relationship between movement and injury is key
In human locomotion, a lot is known about the pattern of central pressure on the foot as a step is taken. Typically, a normal pattern is defined as landing slightly laterally in a supinated position and then rolling toward the medial side of the foot into pronation.
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Migrating Clients Require Farrier Communication And Collaboration

As seasons change and horses move between locations, farriers in different states must work together to keep horse hooves healthy
Farriers spend a lot of energy, effort and expertise to keep their charges’ feet in tip-top shape so that their clients can continue year-round. Some farriers have clients who opt to migrate their horses to other locations beyond their “home base” for part of the year, such as those whose clients show during the winter in Florida.
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Hoof Beats: Point Of View

Foal conformation can change depending on one’s perspective
Extreme weather like we have been seeing this summer can affect the horse's hooves mightily. Obviously, the most affected horses are those who are out in it more.
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Q&A: May/June 2017

What discipline do you find challenges you the most when the horse interferes and why?

A: Shoeing Standardbred racehorses that interfere can be the most challenging. The fact that they are moving at the fastest speeds increases the likelihood that any conformational anomalies will result in limb interference, so balancing feet with proper trim and shoes of proper weight is a must.


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Farriers Sweat The Small Stuff To Keep Performance Horses Competing

Sore feet, abscesses occur regardless of discipline and require quick and effective hoof care
Performance horses, by the very nature of the work they are asked to do, are more prone to injuries than horses that are being used primarily for recreational riding. There are a number of studies that offer evidence that certain injuries are more likely to occur with certain disciplines, but an informal survey of several experienced farriers indicates that across disciplines, more common injuries such as sore feet and abscesses are the culprits that farriers most often have to deal with.
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Are You Considering More Than Feet When You Trim And Shoe?

Understanding deviations will guide you in helping the horse, Hall Of Fame farrier tells Summit attendees
In modern brain research, scientists say it takes 10,000 hours to become really competent to where your hands and your mind are all working together, where you don’t have to think about every move you make.
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Familial Digital Deformities Of The Hind Leg Digit

A cutting horse case shows hereditary problems make the job of the farrier more challenging.
In the Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center Lunchtime Panel discussion on shoeing the hinds at the International Hoof-Care Summit, Kirk Adkins says his career has changed.
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Proper Hoofcare And Conformation And How It Effects Soundness Clinic

9/23/17
IFA Country Store - Riverton
1926 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT
United States
Contact: Kory or Lindsay
Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center and Intermountain Farmers are hosting a clinic for horse owners and farriers in Riverton, Utah. Read More

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Delta Mustad Clinic

3/17/18
Horseshoes Plus
8 Oak Hill Road
Barrington, NH
United States
Contact: Bruce
Delta Mustad is hosting a clinic in Barrington, N.H. Read More

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Eugene Church Clinic June 2017

Farrier Eugene Church and his wife Sabrina hosted a clinic at their Mascot, Tenn., home where Tennessee farriers John Schmidt and Jake Hall discussed the importance of conformation and how to manage various faults.

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