American Farriers Journal

American Farriers Journal cover  September/October 2021 featuring Dick Becker

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September/October 2021

Volume: 47
Edition: 6

American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.

  • Table Of Contents

    Table Of Contents

    Briefings: September/October 2021

    • Get a Grip on Handles
    • Keep the Clients You Want Through Basic Customer Service
    • Horse Owners Indentify Rising Costs in Areas Other than Hoof Care


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    Lapeer, Mich. farrier Dick Becker at anvil
    Shoeing For A Living

    Advice on Shoeing Hunters and Jumpers with Dick Becker

    Dick Becker shares insight on managing the feet of top level sport horses.

    At 74, Dick Becker isn’t talking retirement. While contemporaries might look to call it a day, Becker dismisses retirement for now, saying he isn’t interested in playing golf. Instead, he still finds motivation working with horses and clients. Especially at his age, there is a difference between shoeing because you want to and shoeing because you have to.


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    Gunner Gatski speaking 2017 IHCS

    Remembering Gunner Gatski

    Innovative horseshoer pioneered the designs of anvils and tools

    International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member John “Gunner” Gatski passed away in early August 2021.
    Gatski, 79, left an indelible mark on the industry with tool innovations such as the Gunner hammer, bent anvil, cams, ergonomic tool handles and forge design.


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    How to Affect a Gait Problem

    Video can be useful in managing a gait problem

    As farriers we spend a lot of time discussing subjects like the weight-bearing phase, breakover, gait abnormalities and normal performance with other farriers, owners and veterinarians. But what do we really understand about those things?


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    Denoix Suspensory Front.jpg

    Options for Supporting an Injured Suspensory Ligament

    Knowledge and skill necessary for these therapeutic techniques

    Time after time, equine athletes fill our senses with wonder at their abilities while competing. Their speed and jumping prowess thrill equestrians and fans alike. Yet, like their human counterparts, their bodies can fail. Excessive stress and repetitive strain can result in an injury to the suspensory ligament, superficial flexor tendon, inferior check ligament and sesamoidean ligaments.


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    Farrier Steve Foxworth and assistant Matt Lamoreaux

    Proven Strategies for Calming Nervous Horses for Hoof Care

    Simple techniques can make footcare an easier task

    Horses want two basic things in life, peace and comfort. When experiences meet these criteria they are agreeable much of the time. This includes easily tolerating regular trimming and shoeing. But for some horses the recurring visits can be anxiety-provoking for the horse, which may show signs of impatience and nervousness, making the farrier’s handling more complex.


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    Hock provides the horse thrust under immense strain

    The peculiarly structured joint plays a critical role for performance and working horses

    Weight-bearing upon flexed hocks puts enormous strain on all parts of the hock joint. Along with the equally complex stifle joint, the hock is crucial to the horse’s ability to flex and extend the hind limb and create the forward thrust that is the “impulsion” so often sought by horse owners who compete in the Olympic disciplines.


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    Martin Kenny's Rig outside barn

    Badass Rigs & Trailers: A Career-Capping Rig

    For the last shoeing rig of his career, North Carolina farrier Martin Kenny focused on improved workflow
    The December 1990 American Farriers Journal featured an article by Martin Kenny showing how he made his 1987 Ford F-350 custom walk-in rig — a rarity at the time. Over the years, other rigs came and went, including a stripped-down minimalist approach.
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    pilot national motor vehicle per-mile user fee

    Shop Talk: September/October 2021

    • Federal Legislation Proposes Plan to Replace Fuel Tax with Mileage Fee
    • Chris Madrid Racks Up Second Straight WCB Event
    • Paul Goodness Memorial Best Shod Horse Awarded
    • In Memoriam

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    Research Journal: September/October 2021

    The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    • Hoof Tissue Mechanics and Hydration
    • Equestrian Views of Horse Happiness
    • Performance After Check Ligament Surgery
    • mRNA Blood Test for Racing Injuries

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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Lapeer, Mich. farrier Dick Becker at anvil
    Shoeing For A Living

    Advice on Shoeing Hunters and Jumpers with Dick Becker

    Dick Becker shares insight on managing the feet of top level sport horses.

    At 74, Dick Becker isn’t talking retirement. While contemporaries might look to call it a day, Becker dismisses retirement for now, saying he isn’t interested in playing golf. Instead, he still finds motivation working with horses and clients. Especially at his age, there is a difference between shoeing because you want to and shoeing because you have to.


    Read More
    Gunner Gatski speaking 2017 IHCS

    Remembering Gunner Gatski

    Innovative horseshoer pioneered the designs of anvils and tools

    International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member John “Gunner” Gatski passed away in early August 2021.
    Gatski, 79, left an indelible mark on the industry with tool innovations such as the Gunner hammer, bent anvil, cams, ergonomic tool handles and forge design.


    Read More
    F1_Hock.jpg

    Hock provides the horse thrust under immense strain

    The peculiarly structured joint plays a critical role for performance and working horses

    Weight-bearing upon flexed hocks puts enormous strain on all parts of the hock joint. Along with the equally complex stifle joint, the hock is crucial to the horse’s ability to flex and extend the hind limb and create the forward thrust that is the “impulsion” so often sought by horse owners who compete in the Olympic disciplines.


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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: September/October 2021

    • Badass Rigs & Trailers – Watch a video of Carthage, N.C., farrier Martin Kenny’s rig, which is designed to improve workflow.
    • Fetlock Support – A fetlock support shoe can help speed up the healing process for suspensory ligaments.
    • Golden Horseshoe – Watch the late Gunner Gatski tell the story of the golden horseshoe during his 2017 Hall of Fame induction.
    • White Line Disease Study – Read Michael Wildenstein’s Fellowship dissertation for the Worshipful Company of Farriers on white line disease.




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