American Farriers Journal

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April 2017

Volume: 43
Edition: 3
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

    Letters: April 2017

    The Future Of Hoof Care, As In The Past, Is Sole Protection Contrary to popular legend, horseshoes were not invented to protect hooves against wear.
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    Proactive Footcare For Limiting Hind Limb Lameness

    Farrier Grant Moon finds that thorough evaluation and emphasis of the trim will improve likelihood for success for managing feet
    Managing front and hind lamenesses in performance horses is not uncommon for farriers. Research indicates that 70% of sport horses will sustain at least one musculoskeletal lameness during a season (Deacon and Wilson, 1999).
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    What Do Grinding Belt Colors Mean?

    Hues indicate the type of abrasive material used
    When it’s time to replace your grinding belt, you’ll find a spectrum of colors await at the farrier supply shop or hardware store display. The hues and shades before you aren’t necessarily random.
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    Understanding What You’re Seeing In Shoe Wear

    Properly identifying and addressing issues shown through shoe wear will help the horse and build a good client relationship
    We live in a remarkable time with the advancements of diagnostic tools. Digital radiographs, MRIs, ultrasounds and other innovations can reveal so much detail at almost instantaneous speeds.
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    TLC For Your Anvil

    Advice for maintaining or restoring an anvil for a lifetime of service
    One of the fascinating aspects of farriery are the different and interesting challenges that each day brings.
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    Feet Move, Nails Don’t

    Place nails to accommodate the natural function of a hoof, not hinder it
    Scott Lampert, a farrier with 30 years of experience, remembers an important, long-ago shoeing lesson as if it happened yesterday. At the time, Lampert served a high-profile client with one of the top hunters in the country who had qualified for the indoor finals in Washington and New York.
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    3 Areas Of Consideration For Better Use With Adhesives

    Focusing on these core areas will deliver improved success when using these materials
    In his 30 years of working with adhesives, 20 of those with Vettec, Larkin Greene says there are things that must be considered before using adhesives. First, what are you trying to accomplish? You may be trying to glue-on, repair, correct, support the foot, or a combination of these and other reasons.
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    Prepare Yourself for Fly Season

    Entomologist offers tips to repel insects and improve your work area
    In much of the North, Old Man Winter made a last-ditch effort to stave off spring for at least a few more weeks. But if there’s one thing that farriers can count on, it’s that fly season is just around the corner. Before you stock your farrier rig with insect repellent, it’s important to understand which pest you’re up against.
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    Farrier Q&A: Dealing With Flies

    A: I am very fortunate that on the farm where I do almost all my work, the owners use fly predators and they are absolutely amazing. There are almost no flies at all. If you can talk your farm owners into to buying them, I strongly recommend it. — Conny Svensson, East Windsor, N.J.
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    What You Need To Know: Drill Bits And Taps

    You likely haven’t thought much about your drill bits and taps, but this quick tutorial will help you save time and money
    When it comes time to buy a new drill bit, I think most farriers either stop by the local hardware store or just add what they need onto their supply order. Having grown up in family that worked in machining and manufacturing, I gained awareness that there are differences in drill bits and taps beyond their sizes.
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    It Came Down To A Half-Point

    After winning the World Horseshoeing Classic by a slim margin, Team GB credits team efficiency and attitude for rally
    Over a few years, the World Horseshoeing Classic (WHC) has grown from a start-up competition to one of the most well regarded international contests in farriery. Its four-member team, three-discipline approach with a repeating format has helped distinguish it from other events in the states.
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    How To Keep Your Equine Specimens Like New

    Proper care will keep your skeletons and limb models in tip top shape
    Anatomy models and skeletal limbs are invaluable tools for educating clients about their horses and the pathologies they might be facing. These specimens will prove helpful for years to come with proper care. Allie Hayes of Horse Science in West Boxford, Mass., and Walter Varcoe of Equineskeletons.com in Port Jervis, N.Y., are two of the foremost experts in the field of anatomical models and skeletons.
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    Shop Talk: AFA Convention “Best In 10 Years”

    The American Farrier’s Association Annual Convention, held in early March in Arlington, Texas, was one of the most successful in recent memory with 609 attendees, says outgoing AFA President Jon Johnson. “It might be our best convention in 10 years,” he says.
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    Research Journal: April 2017

    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 Disorders Described

    Using a cross-sectional survey of 942 randomly selected horses in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers described hoof health and the most common disorders discovered during routine hoof trimming. Several management factors were also analyzed to identify potential risk factors for the hoof problems of interest.


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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Proactive Footcare For Limiting Hind Limb Lameness

    Farrier Grant Moon finds that thorough evaluation and emphasis of the trim will improve likelihood for success for managing feet
    Managing front and hind lamenesses in performance horses is not uncommon for farriers. Research indicates that 70% of sport horses will sustain at least one musculoskeletal lameness during a season (Deacon and Wilson, 1999).
    Read More

    It Came Down To A Half-Point

    After winning the World Horseshoeing Classic by a slim margin, Team GB credits team efficiency and attitude for rally
    Over a few years, the World Horseshoeing Classic (WHC) has grown from a start-up competition to one of the most well regarded international contests in farriery. Its four-member team, three-discipline approach with a repeating format has helped distinguish it from other events in the states.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: April 2017 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Hind end insight from the International Hoof-Care Summit
    • Video of Dough Workman explaining his use of a grinder with two expansion wheels for shoe modifications
    • Video demonstration of how to use a gutter guard with a synthetic shoe
    • Nutrition's role in hoof health
    • Learn more about the popular insecticide pyrethrins
    • Photo gallery from the World Horseshoeing Classic

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    2012 AAPF Hoofcare Essentials Clinic

    [Video] Efficient Use Of Grinders

    American Farriers Journal Editor/Publisher Frank Lessiter met up with Doug Workman (Cleveland, Ga.) at the 2012 Nature Farms Farrier Supply Clinic. In this video, Workman discusses choosing an appropriate grinder depending on your tools and use.
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