American Farriers Journal

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January/February 2019

Volume: 45
Edition: 1
American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
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    Table Of Contents

    Frankly Speaking

    Rebranding Unwanted Horses

    When there is an unpleasant reputation around something, one way to reshape public perception is by changing the common terminology used. For example, when West Side business people of New York City wanted to erase the rough and crime-ridden reputation of the historic neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, they declared it should be known as “Clinton.”
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    Reader Commentary: January/February 2019

    After looking at your online poll “Handling Hoof-Care Clients Who Re­fuse To Pay” (AmericanFarriers.com/articles/10591), I wanted to offer my own thoughts on handling clients like this. In my experience, getting paid is a process that starts long before the owner decides not to pay their bill.
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    Briefings: January/February 2019

    When to Use Hoof Conditioners

    Although it’s been recognized for years that using various substances to coat the outside of the hoof can have beneficial effects, knowing when to use those substances and even what type to use can be difficult, says Ray Tricca, owner of SBS Equine Products in Naples, Fla.


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    Bob Marshall Emphasizes the Fundamentals of Hoof Care

    Hall of Fame Farrier Shares 60 Years of Experience with Forging and Shoeing Tips
    Back in 2003, Bob Marshall told American Farriers Journal, “What I constantly see with guys is a need to go over the basics. It’s the same every year. No one has even shown some of them how to hold a hammer.”
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    Shoeing For A Living

    Don’t Limit Your Hoof-Care Options

    Hall Of Fame farrier Danvers Child wants as many tools at his disposal as possible to benefit the horse.
    There never can be too many tools in a farrier’s shoeing box. After all, the immeasurable quantity of variables involved in equine hoof care is staggering. Why limit yourself?
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    Chalklines Help Determine Trim

    See how the Golden ratio helps farrier Steve Kraus of Cornell University teach students how to develop their eye for trimming
    How do you assess the horse before you trim it? How are you evaluating your work while with the horse? Are you spending time with each horse to do this? There are many different ways to assess the horse and check our work with it. The key is to dedicate the time to do this and to have a standard.
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    Case Study

    Keratoma Case Report: Trail Riding Horse

    Team approach and addressing sound shoeing principles help horse recover from keratoma
    “Avery,” a 12-year-old Suffolk Punch gelding used for trail riding, was referred to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) Large Animal Teaching Hospital on June 27, 2018, for further evaluation of a suspected keratoma.
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    Add Mechanical Advantage into a Horseshoeing Prescription

    Reducing concussion and understanding how the ground distributes energy is critical
    Farrier science has been noted in literature for the beneficial effects in supporting lower limb pathology for hundreds of years. The farrier’s selection of shoes, approach to workmanship and focus on pathology is still relevant in today’s modern, progressive farrier industry.
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    Correcting Foals’ Limbs Without Surgery

    Ontario farrier finds rapid results in straightening angular limb deformities
    Several years ago, one of my customers had a mini foal born with a serious angular limb deformity. This experience set me on a course to tap into my engineering background to develop a process for correcting angular limb deformities.
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    Two Ideas for Foal Extensions

    At the 2018 Forge of July farrier gathering, veterinarian and farrier Scott Fleming shows two solutions he uses to correct toed-in foals
    With Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital being based in central Kentucky, a fair amount of Dr. Scott Fleming’s work is with Thoroughbred foals. Clients turn to him as a veterinarian and farrier to help these foals while they are still growing — particularly before the sales. His success in helping these horses requires determining when the issue can be corrected through farriery and/or surgery.
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    Practical Advice for Reading the Horse

    At the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners meeting, Swiss farrier Stefan Wehrli discussed his thorough plan for evaluating a horse
    It is one of the basic cornerstones of farriery: invest the time with the horse to watch it before picking up its feet. Each farrier has their own system, withsome commonality to their approaches. But is the necessary time being spent with each horse, and is the process with each horse consistent?
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    Hoof Care for the Nervous Horse

    Patience is the key to earning the trust and respect of anxious horses
    Sometimes the farrier is confronted with a new horse that is averse to being handled, and it is important to be able to tell whether the horse is evasive because it is afraid and nervous or independent and spoiled.
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    Understand the 4 Facets of Wealth Management

    Your money management skills are as important as your hoof-care services

    Farriery and hoof care is such a unique and distinct form of self-employed business that it’s easy for us to think that many of the considerations of normal business owners don’t apply to our operations. Generally speaking, a farrier enters the trade in his or her mid-20s, spends the first 5 years establishing a business and reputation, then enacts a laborious “sprint” for the finish line over the next 35 years, attaining a low degree of “cash wealth.”


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    What Were Farriers’ Online Footcare Interests in 2018?

    Here’s a look at the “most viewed” content during the past year that appeared on the American Farriers Journal’s digital media platforms
    When planning for the next year, we’ve been reviewing the many things that transpired over the previous year. Let’s take a look at a few items in the footcare world that were the most popular among American Farriers Journal digital platform viewers in 2018.
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    Research Journal: January/February 2019

    The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    Retrospective case-control and cross-sectional studies were conducted in Italy to describe the clinical findings and outcomes of horses with interference injuries to the palmar aspect of the distal front limbs, and to identify factors associated with the injuries.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Bob Marshall Emphasizes the Fundamentals of Hoof Care

    Hall of Fame Farrier Shares 60 Years of Experience with Forging and Shoeing Tips
    Back in 2003, Bob Marshall told American Farriers Journal, “What I constantly see with guys is a need to go over the basics. It’s the same every year. No one has even shown some of them how to hold a hammer.”
    Read More
    Shoeing For A Living

    Don’t Limit Your Hoof-Care Options

    Hall Of Fame farrier Danvers Child wants as many tools at his disposal as possible to benefit the horse.
    There never can be too many tools in a farrier’s shoeing box. After all, the immeasurable quantity of variables involved in equine hoof care is staggering. Why limit yourself?
    Read More

    Correcting Foals’ Limbs Without Surgery

    Ontario farrier finds rapid results in straightening angular limb deformities
    Several years ago, one of my customers had a mini foal born with a serious angular limb deformity. This experience set me on a course to tap into my engineering background to develop a process for correcting angular limb deformities.
    Read More
  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras January/February 2019

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Farrier Bob Marshall discusses how a penciled heel helps keep concave shoes from sticking.
    • Travis Burns of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine discusses addressing a keratoma.
    • Stuart Muir goes over shoeing for stifle conditions and utilizing accurate vet diagnoses and correct farriery principles.
    • Farriers share their advice on dealing with horses that don’t want to cooperate during a shoeing appointment.

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