American Farriers Journal

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January/February 2018

Volume: 44
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

    Briefings: January/February 2018

    Most Farriers Do Not Qualify For Electronic Logging Device Mandate The equine industry, including farriers and veterinarians, has voiced concerns about whether they would be subject to the U.S. government’s controversial electronic logging device (ELD) mandate.
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    What's This?: January/February 2018

    This horseshoe was instrumental in helping New York farmers during the “ice age.”
    This horseshoe was found in an old barn on a Clove Valley, N.Y., farm. Nearby Pray’s Pond was used by several neighboring farm families in the years before 1940 to jointly harvest ice behind three teams of horses, according to the Winter 2008 edition of Country Courier. The harvest typically began in December and continued into January.
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    Book Review: January/February 2018

    Evaluating Radiographs For Equine Foot Management ­By Pete Healey
    The quest to define the ideal foot and ideal balance has been the Holy Grail of horseshoeing since the late 1800s when William Russell first coined the term “balance” in the context of footcare. The dilemma facing all books on the horse’s foot has been the concept of what is a “normal” foot.
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    Reader Commentary January/February 2018

    Look To Other Industry As Warning For Farrier Regulation In response to your editorial (“How Farrier Regulation May Arrive,” November 2017), look at the trucking industry to see what could be in store by regulating farriers. Truckers are told when they can drive, when they must take a break.
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    Simple And Straightforward Shoeing Helps Young Horse Recover

    Texas farrier Virgil Conde discusses his strategy for the footcare of a horse that sheared off part of its hoof wall
    In mid-September, Todd and Leighette Davidson knew their young horse Tybee had a problem. Identifying it was easy — the Quarter Horse had broken off part of the hoof wall on the lateral side of its front left foot (Figure 1). As best they could tell from the location of the recovered piece of hoof wall (Figure 2), the horse caught its foot on a broken pipe, which created the trauma.
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    SHOEING FOR A LIVING

    Freedom Is The Nature Of His Business

    Oregon farrier molds his practice to provide quality hoof-care, while enjoying the High Desert of the Pacific Northwest
    “I own my business — it doesn’t own me.” Kurt Fisk lives by this max­im. The Bend, Ore., farrier has found that he’s much happier and successful in his hoof-care practice as a result.
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    Defining What Is And Isn’t Natural Balance

    British farrier David Nicholls gives a history of how Natural Balance led to a more definitive system of hoof mapping
    There are misconceptions regarding Natural Balance, according British farrier David Nicholls. Chiefly, that it is a fad, having been around since 1993. It isn’t simply a square-toed shoe. And it isn’t an indiscriminate placement of a shoe onto the foot.
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    Physiology, Foot Morphology And Health In The True Wild Horse

    Researcher finds laminitis and surprising hoof problems with Przewalski’s horse
    The Przewalski horse, the only wild horse living today, enjoys what could be considered the “ideal” life. In Mongolia and Hungary, where Brian Hampson has observed them, the nomadic grazers roam the fence-free countryside. Traditional herdsmen are responsible for regularly monitoring the herds, but the caretakers don’t interact with or attempt to domesticate the horses.
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    Don’t Let The Hinds Become An Afterthought

    English farrier explains how he assesses a horse behind for conformation and balance
    Assessing a horse’s conformation is a staple for farriers, and for good reason. Certain conformations offer an understanding of movement, wear and potential lamenesses. “We’re all familiar with different types of conformation in the front limbs,” English farrier Sam Head told attendees at the mid-November Thoro’Bred Extravanza in Anaheim, Calif. “But how many of us truly consider the same in the horse’s hind?”
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    The Beauty Of Bold

    Under the right circumstances, using this section could benefit certain horses that you work with

    Various horseshoe designs have been found to have had an effect on hoof loading on synthetic surfaces.1 The most common sections used here in the United Kingdom are concave and flat.


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    Enter The Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise

    Build this shoe for a FREE T-shirt and your chance to win a belt buckle
    Sponsored by VICTORY, this forging exercise will be tied to the International Hoof-Care Summit. You don’t need to attend to participate — mail in your straight bar shoe to enter this free contest. IHCS attendees can save on the postage and drop off their shoe at the Summit.
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    What Were Farriers' Online Footcare Interests in 2017?

    EDUCATION Here’s a look at the “most viewed” content during the past year that appeared on the <em>American Farriers Journal’s</em> digital media platforms
    Before we get wrapped up in everything new for 2018, now is a good time to take a few minutes to look back at a few items in the footcare world that were the most popular among American Farriers Journal digital platform viewers in the past year.
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    Recurrent Solar Abscesses Result From Keratoma

    Vermont farrier and equine veterinarian resolve Quarter Horse’s 4-year struggle with lameness
    Complete surgical removal of a solar keratoma in the right front foot of a 14-year-old Quarter Horse, followed up with daily hoof saline flushes and supportive shoeing packages, resulted in a high rate of success in the horse’s long-term soundness.
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    Research Journal: January/February 2018

    The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    A cross-sectional study in England examined the accuracy of owners reporting laminitis in their horses and ponies. The objective was to determine the percentage of owner-reported cases of laminitis that were later confirmed by a veterinarian and to compare the owner’s observations of potential risk factors to the veterinarian’s observations.
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    $300 For A Shoeing Job?

    <strong>Editor’s note:</strong> Using an inflation calculator, the 1899 rate for the four new shoes and two pads would grow from $5 to nearly $150 in today’s buying power.
    To some this is just an old invoice. But as a farrier, I see the history of our trade. It also tells me of the value of a farrier. The invoice on this page is from services performed by farrier Daniel Ward for the New York City Fire Department. These horses would pull the fire engine. A client of mine gave it to me after she had bought it for 50 cents at a yard sale in New York state.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    SHOEING FOR A LIVING

    Freedom Is The Nature Of His Business

    Oregon farrier molds his practice to provide quality hoof-care, while enjoying the High Desert of the Pacific Northwest
    “I own my business — it doesn’t own me.” Kurt Fisk lives by this max­im. The Bend, Ore., farrier has found that he’s much happier and successful in his hoof-care practice as a result.
    Read More

    What Were Farriers' Online Footcare Interests in 2017?

    EDUCATION Here’s a look at the “most viewed” content during the past year that appeared on the <em>American Farriers Journal’s</em> digital media platforms
    Before we get wrapped up in everything new for 2018, now is a good time to take a few minutes to look back at a few items in the footcare world that were the most popular among American Farriers Journal digital platform viewers in the past year.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: January/February 2018 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Watch a video of Bend, Ore., farrier Kurt Fisk offering his insight on scheduling, finding our comfort zone and how competitions can improve your practice.
    • Read more about Brian Hampson’s hoof-care research on feral horse hooves, moisture and the foot and how trimming changes hoof morphology.
    • Gain more insight on working with large horses, as well as how Hall Of Fame farrier Michael Wildenstein handles a variety of foot issues.
    • Get more thoughts and ideas about working with backyard horses.

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