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Strategies for Keeping Hunters and Jumpers Working

Immerse yourself in valuable practices to improve your work with equine athletes.
In this FREE 50-page guide, “Strategies for Keeping Hunters and Jumpers Working,” the American Farriers Journal pinpoints valuable, time-tested practices to help you improve your work with horses specializing in hunter and jumper competitions.
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A World Cup Education

Jason Critton’s farrier team embraces the chance to learn from some of the best at the FEI jumping and dressage finals
It would be easy to sit around as a horse show farrier and collect a paycheck while waiting for something to happen. After all, there’s a fair amount of down time, and it would be a nice break after shoeing scores of horses the previous week.
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Matching The Shoe To The Job

Experienced farriers say the choice should be based on a number of factors, many of which have nothing to do with the shoe itself
There is no shortage of horseshoes, in size, style or material. It will take no more than a few minutes inside a well-stocked supply store to convince anyone of that. Jeff Ridley, a farrier from Leighton, Iowa, recently was struck by that fact during a clinic at Anvil Brand’s headquarters in Lexington, Ill. The clinician was Shayne Carter of West Mountain, Utah.
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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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Taking The Time With Each Horse

Decades into his farrier career, Drew Golden still looks for every opportunity to learn from the horse
When he was a young man, being a farrier wasn’t on Drew Golden’s radar. Born on Long Island, N.Y., he didn’t even have much interaction with horses. Instead, his passion rested elsewhere. Golden was an accomplished musician, studying the subject and playing saxophone in bands. He still plays in a band today, making the time between a busy work schedule and family time.
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What Makes A Good Clip?

Farriers offer critical advice on how to properly apply clipped shoes
When a well-clipped shoe is applied correctly, it sure looks sharp on a horse’s hoof. Some farriers will even go so far as to call them sexy. Proclivities aside, they serve an important function. “Clips are mainly used to improve the security of the shoe on the foot and relieve stress on the nails,” says Tucumcari, N.M., farrier Jim Keith. “They can be applied anywhere around the wall perimeter, but usually only in the anterior half due to their ability to constrict wall movement. They may be used to contain wall flares.”
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Don’t Let Quarter Cracks Slow Your Clients

Understand the pitfalls for better patching of performance horses
Understanding how quarter cracks occur is critical to managing the injury, not to mention keeping the horse going. Wellington, Fla., farrier Curtis Burns classifies quarter cracks into three categories — concussion, rotational and blunt trauma.
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