The lack of camaraderie that we were experiencing in horseshoeing at the time in the United States was part of the impetus for me starting American Farriers Journal. In those days, there was no camaraderie between farriers. Everything was closely held.
Nearly 100 farriers attended the Aug. 11 Anvil Brand Summer Clinic at the company’s Lexington, Ill., facility. Clinicians included Bryan Osborne and Bodie Trnka, two members of the American Farriers Team (AFT).
Having a good veterinarian-farrier relationship should be evident. Working together as professionals will deliver the best possible care for the horse. Who would argue against it? Yet it seems that it still needs to be stated. It may seem obvious and overdone, but when we seek advice from farriers or vets, the subject comes up often.
Progress continues in our work to define the professionalization of farriers. A few of us met and discussed many of the processes and permutations of the “Initiative to Professionalize the Practice of Equine Footcare and Farriery” in early March. We’ll meet in late summer, when progress can be assessed and new assignments undertaken.
When Gerard Laverty started his apprenticeship in the 1970s, a friend warned him about pursuing a career in hoof care because the industry would be taken over by computers, eliminating the need for farriers. The friend reasoned that farriery was essentially unchanged for nearly 100 years, so the industry was ripe for massive change.
The ever-changing demographics of the United States and Canada affect the types of clients farriers serve, stresses the farrier instructor from Kwantlen Polytechnic University outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. The area one chooses to live in greatly affects the types of horses and clients that farriers serve.
Farriers Week is a time to annually recognize the hoof-care professionals who make a difference in the equine industry. American Farriers Journal solicited tributes from members of the equine community. This video honors many of the farriers featured in this year's tributes, with words of wisdom taken from International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Dave Farley's closing speech at the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit
The Western States Farrier's Association will host a Southern California Classic Warm Up and American Farrier's Association Certification Training and Support Clinic. Travis Baker will be the clinician.
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