American Farriers Journal

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December 2021

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

    Cost Concerns Favor Older Horse Owners

    Even though there hasn’t been a major shift in U.S. horse numbers in recent years, the age of owners is trending higher due in part to their higher incomes as it continues to take more dollars to support an equine hobby or business each year. 


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    Briefings December 2021

    • Two Important Reasons to Learn Equine Anatomy
    • The Farrier Industry Has Come a Long Way in 50 Years
    • Have Confidence in Your Pricing
    • The Vets Who are Serious About Building Bridges
    • Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds and Race Industry Get a Bad Rap

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    U.S. Tax Proposal Could Ensnare Farriers

    Solid organization and recordkeeping are vital for IRS compliance

    The federal government estimates that it loses hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenue annually from individuals who underreport their income. A Biden administration proposal aims to recoup the lost revenue by keeping closer tabs on taxpayers’ personal and business banking accounts.


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    Can I Show My Horse Tomorrow?

    Clients must realize that issues affecting their show horses may not be a simple case of “fixing it”

    Most of us have been asked this question above in our careers. Those clients who ask it are certainly concerned about the problem they are facing with their horses’ feet, but is that problem serious enough to limit that excursion?


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    Casting Method May Benefit Transitioning Horse to Barefoot

    Carelessly transitioning a performance horse from shod to barefoot may negatively affect its footcare

    The equine foot with healthy structures is superior in its barefoot state with regard to accepting weight, dissipating the energy of impact and absorbing concussion.1 Furthermore, the structures of the foot have an inherent ability to change, strengthen and improve over time by the process of adaptation.1


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    How to Prepare for a Successful Career Shoeing Gaited Show Horses

    What you need to know before ever picking up a foot

    Gaited show horses are a small niche within the horse industry, and shoeing them is equally so within the farrier industry.
    Before putting on an apron and picking up a foot, a farrier must understand the discipline, potential clientele and what is expected in the horses’ hoof care.


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    2022 Mail-In Deadline Coming Up

    Assess and improve your forging skills in the 2022 International Hoof-Care Summit Mail-In by making this gaited horseshoe

    For the 2022 Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, I wanted to try something we haven’t used in this contest before. It is a practical shoe that uses a jump weld.  
    I like this toe weight shoe because it is a good measurement for your self-evaluation. There are many solid, basic forging elements in it so there are no “cheats.” This is a straightforward challenge because it will gauge your understanding of feet and anatomy.


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    What is Mediolateral Balance in Farriery?

    Scientific research offers insights in the context of everyday hoof care and shoeing

    Mediolateral balance is a widely and sometimes misleading term used by equine professionals, in particular farriers and veterinarians. This article aims to clarify terms related to “mediolateral balance” and to give an overview of current research findings regarding trimming and shoeing.


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    Shop Talk: December 2021

    • California Repeals Law Following a 4-Year Legal Battle with Horseshoeing School
    • Road Use Tax Pilot Program Gets OK as Part of Infrastructure Legislation
    • In Memoriam



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    Steel Hospital Plate

    Hospital Plate Options Provide Horse Hoof Wound Protection

    Intermediate and skilled farriers have traditional and creative applications to consider

    A hospital plate shoe treatment is a versatile and effective application for managing and treating a variety of hoof maladies.
    It’s a varied combination of a horseshoe and removable plate that protects the solar area of the foot while allowing the horse to walk during healing from bouts of laminitis and post-deep penetrating wounds. The plate can act as a tourniquet when the foot is packed with sterile packing material and the plate is tightened against the shoe.




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    The Critical Importance of the Horse’s Stifle and Hock in Movement

    The hind limb reciprocating system coordinates motion and economizes the required effort

    Probably the most famous anatomical demonstration that students of equine anatomy regularly see in the dissecting room — and certainly one of the most spectacular and interesting — is the coordinated opening and closing of the central joints of the hind limb, the “classic” hind limb reciprocation.



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    Research Journal: December 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.
    • Laminitis in United Kingdom Donkeys
    • Measuring Hoof Motion
    • Toe-in Conformation and Hoof Biomechanics
    • Ice Baths and Gene Expression in Laminitic Hooves

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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Can I Show My Horse Tomorrow?

    Clients must realize that issues affecting their show horses may not be a simple case of “fixing it”

    Most of us have been asked this question above in our careers. Those clients who ask it are certainly concerned about the problem they are facing with their horses’ feet, but is that problem serious enough to limit that excursion?


    Read More
    Center of pressure

    What is Mediolateral Balance in Farriery?

    Scientific research offers insights in the context of everyday hoof care and shoeing

    Mediolateral balance is a widely and sometimes misleading term used by equine professionals, in particular farriers and veterinarians. This article aims to clarify terms related to “mediolateral balance” and to give an overview of current research findings regarding trimming and shoeing.


    Read More
    Steel Hospital Plate

    Hospital Plate Options Provide Horse Hoof Wound Protection

    Intermediate and skilled farriers have traditional and creative applications to consider

    A hospital plate shoe treatment is a versatile and effective application for managing and treating a variety of hoof maladies.
    It’s a varied combination of a horseshoe and removable plate that protects the solar area of the foot while allowing the horse to walk during healing from bouts of laminitis and post-deep penetrating wounds. The plate can act as a tourniquet when the foot is packed with sterile packing material and the plate is tightened against the shoe.




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