American Farriers Journal

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March 2018

Volume: 44
Edition: 2

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

    Frankly Speaking: A Wake Up Call For Farriers

    In this issue, there are a few references to mutually respectful relationships between farriers and veterinarians. In the "Lessons From The Track" article, Kentucky farrier Joey Carroll says it is OK to “disagree, but don’t be disagreeable,” when working with a vet counterpart.
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    BOOK REVIEW

    The Essential Hoof Book

    By Susan Kauffmann and Christina Cline
    I was hoping that The Essential Hoof Book would be the book written about barefoot trims that would be the “how-to” guide for properly trimming a horse’s foot so it can remain barefoot, without resorting to comments about the evils of horseshoes.
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    Travis Koons
    Shoeing For A Living

    The Reluctant Remedial Shoer

    California farrier Travis Koons finds success relying on a minimalist approach in therapeutic cases
    “You don’t want to shoe lames horses, trust me.” Bob Marshall tried to warn the confident young farrier, but the then 18-year-old Travis Koons had made up his mind. The Hemet, Calif., youngster had printed business cards, announcing that his farrier practice specializes in pathological, remedial and corrective horseshoeing.
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    Defining The Hoof Quarters

    The prevalence of caudal foot problems leads Hall Of Fame farrier to spell out the critical, yet elusive, description
    The front half of a horse’s hoof has been the center of trimming and shoeing discussions for quite some time. Specifically, finding the ideal breakover point has been the focus of countless conversations and endless training. Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child points out that the vast majority of hoof issues occur in the back half of the foot, not the front.
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    Keys To Succeed With Halter Horses

    There are many factors that lead to improving your work as a halter horse farrier — some of them not specific to only this discipline
    Throughout my life, I’ve raised and shown horses in multiple disciplines. It is still a big part of my life with my wife, Jana. Because of these experiences, I’ve become a better horseman, which has helped me improve as a farrier over 25 years in the trade.
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    Summit Delivers Powerful Takeaways For Attendees

    Industry professionals share some of the ideas they learned that will most benefit their practices
    Another record number of equine hoof-care professionals invested in their continuing education in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 15th annual International Hoof-Care Summit for “Sound Strategies For Better Footcare.” A wealth of information from some of the most knowledgeable hoof-care experts in the world was offered up to the 1,270 attendees from 18 countries.
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    How Would You Handle These Ethical Concerns About Footcare?

    Farriers share their opinions and advice for handling these common situations encountered in hoof-care practices
    Each year, we ask farriers via an exclusive survey to comment on ethical dilemmas that they might face in their hoof-care work. These scenarios were pulled from dozens of responses submitted by farriers in the previous year’s confidential ethics survey.
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    Lessons from the Track

    Veteran Thoroughbred and Standardbred farriers share some quick, important lessons they’ve honed over their careers
    Before passing away in 2009, Ronald “Tex” Cauthen left a lasting legacy as a racetrack farrier. The Hall Of Fame shoer helped many farriers and veterinarians increase their skill and knowledge, allowing them to improve the hoof health of many horses on and off the racetrack.
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    7 for the Ages

    Five farriers and two veterinarians were elected to their respective Halls Of Fame at the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit.
    Seven individuals were honored for outstanding careers in footcare during the Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies at the 15th annual International Hoof-Care Summit.
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    Farriers Recognized As Future Footcare Leaders

    Three farriers were honored at the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit for making remarkable progress in their footcare careers just 3 years out of shoeing school
    In 2009, American Farriers Journal joined six industry suppliers to create the Rising Shoeing Star award to be given out each year at the International Hoof-Care Summit. This award is presented to three farriers who have made exceptional professional progress within 3 years after graduating from farrier school.
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    Family Streak Started In Summit

    Pennsylvania farrier Stephen Stoltzfus comes out on top in bar shoe challenge
    For the fourth year, VICTORY sponsored the Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise. This challenge was free to enter and participants each received a T-shirt for their efforts. The overall winner earned a belt buckle and free registration to the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit (IHCS).
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    The Time For Your Money Is Now

    Make your hard-earned money work for you by taking part in low risk investments
    The time value of money is a simple concept that is easily understood, yet not enough farriers think about and apply it to their practices. The financial website Investopedia states that the time value of money is the theory that money available today is worth more in the future than that same amount you have in your pocket at this moment.
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    The Farrier’s Role In Correcting Angular Limb Deformities

    Proven techniques for treating mild to serious deviations in foals
    Angular limb deformities in foals are not created equal. Yet, corrections can be made with quick and appropriate farriery and veterinary intervention. After nearly a half-century of hoof-care experience, including 2 decades as the head farrier at the University of California Veterinary School in Davis, Kirk Adkins has considerable experience with angular limb deformities, particularly in Thoroughbred foals.
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    Imprint Training Produces Cooperative Horses

    Properly performed techniques after birth result in equids that accept trimming and nailing, California vet says of his controversial training
    Imagine horses trained to fully cooperate with farriers from day one. Horses that display no fear or stubbornness, move into position with a gentle nudge, give their feet without hesitation, and accept trimming and nailing with no pullback.
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    Farriers Research Each Day, Why Not Document It?

    Collecting and sharing data improves the life of the horse and the industry
    Conducting research has a reputation for being a daunting task. Most farriers even find it intimidating. Yet, hoof-care and research share common ground. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary de­fines research as, a “studious inquiry or examination; especially [an] investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws.”
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    How Does Your Practice Compare?

    See how your business measures up with other farriers
    At each year’s International Hoof-Care Summit, attendees are asked to fill out surveys to help the American Farriers Journal staff learn more about farrier wants and needs.
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    Shop Talk: March 2018

    FEI Taps AAPF/IAPF As Farriers For 2018 World Equestrian Games The American and International Associa­tions of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) will serve as the emergency farrier service providers for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.
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    Research Journal: March 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.
    X-Rays And Cutting Horses Researchers examined presale radiographs of 343 Quarter Horses in training to identify lesions associated with the likelihood of competing in cutting events, the likelihood of earning money and the amount of money earned during their 3- and 4-year-old years.
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    Final Say

    Work Toward Your Signature

    I work primarily with Morgans, American Saddlebreds and Hackney ponies. These horses require a significant time commitment from me. In my practice, working on seven or eight horses a day is tough for a one-farrier operation. Instead, I usually do about four horses a day.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Travis Koons
    Shoeing For A Living

    The Reluctant Remedial Shoer

    California farrier Travis Koons finds success relying on a minimalist approach in therapeutic cases
    “You don’t want to shoe lames horses, trust me.” Bob Marshall tried to warn the confident young farrier, but the then 18-year-old Travis Koons had made up his mind. The Hemet, Calif., youngster had printed business cards, announcing that his farrier practice specializes in pathological, remedial and corrective horseshoeing.
    Read More
    IMG_5427.jpg

    Keys To Succeed With Halter Horses

    There are many factors that lead to improving your work as a halter horse farrier — some of them not specific to only this discipline
    Throughout my life, I’ve raised and shown horses in multiple disciplines. It is still a big part of my life with my wife, Jana. Because of these experiences, I’ve become a better horseman, which has helped me improve as a farrier over 25 years in the trade.
    Read More
    F1_Slide9.jpg

    The Farrier’s Role In Correcting Angular Limb Deformities

    Proven techniques for treating mild to serious deviations in foals
    Angular limb deformities in foals are not created equal. Yet, corrections can be made with quick and appropriate farriery and veterinary intervention. After nearly a half-century of hoof-care experience, including 2 decades as the head farrier at the University of California Veterinary School in Davis, Kirk Adkins has considerable experience with angular limb deformities, particularly in Thoroughbred foals.
    Read More
  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: March 2018 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Read about common ethical dilemmas farriers encountered in 2017.
    • Get succinct advice from farriers on dealing with quarter cracks.
    • Get further insight from other presenters, including Dr. Ric Redden, at the Tex Cauthen Memorial Seminar.
    • Cornell University Equine Hospital veterinarian Norm Ducharme explains how to evaluate foal limb deformities.

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