American Farriers Journal

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January/February 2023

Volume: 49
Edition: 1

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

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    Reliance on the Basics Benefits the Horse and Farrier

    Hank Chisholm urges reliance on the foundations of farriery for the good of the horse

    When building a house, a solid foundation first must be established to ensure that the structure remains sound for continued long-term use. The same is true for farriery.
    Yet, humans are in a hurry. We often want to run before learning to walk. In farrier terms, some want to forge a three-quarter fullered shoe before learning to bend a toe. After shoeing for nearly 40 years, Hank Chisholm of Lucedale, Miss., emphasizes the importance of establishing a solid foundation in the basics of farriery and then relying on it for the rest of your career.


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    3 Common Causes for Failure of the Veterinarian-Farrier Relationship

    Recognize and avoid situations in which either party inadvertently contributes to losing focus on the horse

    Not only a veterinarian, John Tegzes holds a Master’s degree in psychology. This education and training gives him a vantage point for applying lessons regarding human interaction to his role in the veterinary industry. This unique perspective also provides him with insight into building that crucial team that keeps the horse central. He’s borrowed from the fields of human healthcare and psychology to learn how veterinarians and farriers can best work together.


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    How Grip and Purchase Benefits the Horse

    Understanding grip and purchase will improve your understanding of farrier physics

    Of the different techniques farriers bring to trimming and shoeing horses, probably one of the least talked about, yet vital resource, would be the concept of grip and purchase, according to Dr. Simon Curtis, a Newmarket, England-based farrier and International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member.



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    Custom Trailer Keeps Oregon Farrier Dry

    Efficient workstation keeps Zach Morris dry and working

    When shoeing in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, it’s a fair bet you’re going to get wet. The region sees 179 days of precipitation during the year — averaging more than 60 inches of rain and 4 inches of snow. For the sake of comparison, the national average is 38 inches of rain.



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    Farrier Families Share Strategies to Teach Hoof Care

    Horseshoeing might be in their genes, but there’s plenty of blood, sweat and tears

    Kids didn’t have career choices in the 1800s. Children were expected to follow in their parent’s footsteps, often in a family business. Blacksmiths of the time, like other tradesmen, relied on their sons to learn the skills and backfill the ranks as their elders retired. Most daughters weren’t offered an option back then.


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    A Farrier’s Legacy

    Passing on your hoof-care knowledge leaves an indelible mark on the industry

    It occurred to me a long time ago that no matter how diligent you are in your work, no matter how much energy you put into improving your skills and enlarging your knowledge of the trade, 6 weeks after you put down the last foot with one of your shoes on it, there will no longer be any physical sign of what you did for a career. 


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    Research Journal: January/February 2023

    The information, ideas, and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    • Modeling Hoof Conformation and Laminitis
    • Surgical Fixation of P3 to the Hoof Wall for Laminitis
    • Shear Forces Vary with Arena Surfaces
    • Measuring Horse Hooves

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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    1652_SFL_Stonefield_Hank-Chishom_JC_0521.jpg

    Reliance on the Basics Benefits the Horse and Farrier

    Hank Chisholm urges reliance on the foundations of farriery for the good of the horse

    When building a house, a solid foundation first must be established to ensure that the structure remains sound for continued long-term use. The same is true for farriery.
    Yet, humans are in a hurry. We often want to run before learning to walk. In farrier terms, some want to forge a three-quarter fullered shoe before learning to bend a toe. After shoeing for nearly 40 years, Hank Chisholm of Lucedale, Miss., emphasizes the importance of establishing a solid foundation in the basics of farriery and then relying on it for the rest of your career.


    Read More
    1_Gens.jpg

    Farrier Families Share Strategies to Teach Hoof Care

    Horseshoeing might be in their genes, but there’s plenty of blood, sweat and tears

    Kids didn’t have career choices in the 1800s. Children were expected to follow in their parent’s footsteps, often in a family business. Blacksmiths of the time, like other tradesmen, relied on their sons to learn the skills and backfill the ranks as their elders retired. Most daughters weren’t offered an option back then.


    Read More
    Open_NAEP.jpg

    3 Common Causes for Failure of the Veterinarian-Farrier Relationship

    Recognize and avoid situations in which either party inadvertently contributes to losing focus on the horse

    Not only a veterinarian, John Tegzes holds a Master’s degree in psychology. This education and training gives him a vantage point for applying lessons regarding human interaction to his role in the veterinary industry. This unique perspective also provides him with insight into building that crucial team that keeps the horse central. He’s borrowed from the fields of human healthcare and psychology to learn how veterinarians and farriers can best work together.


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