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A Fond Farewell to Two of the Industry's Best

Colleagues offer tribute to Eddie Watson and Reggie Kester
During the final month of 2008, the farrier industry lost two of its best-known members with the passing of Eddie Watson and Reggie Kester, who both succumbed to cancer.
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Backyard Horses Represent $32 Billion In Yearly Expenditures

While the backyard horse doesn't always spark an image of high spending, a closer look at the recreational part of the U.S. horse industry paints a much different picture. Data from the American Horse Council's 'Economic Impact of the Horse Industry On The United States' confirms the size and impact of the recreational horse business.
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Safety Between the Ties

The options are growing. Are you doing all you can to keep horses calm and cooperative during shoeing while keeping customers happy and yourself healthy?
Every shoeing session begins with the farrier gaining control of the horse. As a practical matter, most farriers secure the horse between cross-ties - a practice not everyone thinks is safe - while luckier shoers can call on an assistant or stable hand to steady the animal with a lead rope.
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Private Farrier Schools Form Separate Organizations

Pending survey and criticism by the American Farrier’s Association prompt school owners to band together to defend their programs, standardize a basic curriculum and add a continuing education component

Facing an examination of their educational programs by the American Farrier’s Association and stung by criticism in an AFA task force report on farrier education, the majority of private farrier school owners in the United States have banded together in a new group called the American Farriers Education Council.

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"We Don't Want It!"

That message came through loud and clear from speakers who voiced opinions on farrier regulation and licensing during the recent open forum sponsored by the American Farrier’s Association

Among roughly 75 AFA members, educators, suppliers and non-members who attended the mid-September “open forum” sponsored by the American Farrier’s Association, nobody spoke in favor of regulating and licensing farriers. 

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Farrier Standard Debate

Wary Owners Eye School Survey As AFA Resurrects Licensing Issue

Private farrier school owners meet to discuss relationship with AFA, while the AFA also surveys its members about education, registration and licensing, and plans a meeting of its own
Caution, suspicion and resentment are brewing among the owners of private farrier schools as an American Farrier&'s Association task force prepares to look into the qualifications of all North American farrier schools.
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Farriers' Roundtable

White line disease is an invasion of opportunistic bacteria, fungi and probably yeast that has the ability to consume the inner horn of the hoof.
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