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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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Contrary To Popular Opinion

Research indicates that the positive effects of particular shoe selection for Western Pleasure horses are guided by the perceptions of judges and trainers rather than reality
Many trainers and owners often try to convince a farrier to adopt a certain style of trimming or shoeing based on a myriad of factors. Sometimes the motivation comes from a belief that a particular change will improve the horse’s overall performance, resulting in better scores from judges.
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From The Desk Of AFJ

A Talent Required For Horse Shows

One of the many maxims of farriery is to never criticize the work of another farrier because you don't know what he or she was facing when they were working with the horse. This should be practiced at the various levels and settings found in this trade.
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Nutrient Strategies

Dealing With Carbohydrates, Energy and Other Nutritional Mysteries

Given the opportunity and good health, the horses you work with will choose to consume enough feed to meet their energy needs
If forages provide the “maintenance” energy that horses need for the workings of everyday life — grazing, sleeping, wandering from pasture to pasture, maintaining internal temperature — then cereal grains like oats, corn and barley are the turbo-charged portion of the diet.
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Shoeing For A Living

The Shoer Goes To School

Ohio farrier Bobby Menker and the University of Findlay Equine Program enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship
The typical Ohio college student doesn't go to class wearing cowboy boots and spurs. But then the students in the Equine Program at the University of Findlay aren't typical college students.
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