American Farriers Journal

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December 2018

Volume: 44
Edition: 8

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: December 2018

    The relationship between veterinarians and farriers is a common topic of conversation in both camps. While efforts have been made to bridge gaps between the two, there’s one area that farriers have some room to improve upon, says a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.


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    What's This? December 2018

    Seabiscuit’s Secret

    Researchers are digging into the past and future of the iconic racehorse Seabiscuit to find out what made him so successful. The answer has been found in one of Seabiscuit’s hooves, which had been preserved in silver.


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    Teamwork Is Crucial At The World Equestrian Games

    There are no short cuts when providing elite hoof care
    Working the World Equestrian Games is often considered the crown jewel for many farriers’ careers. While shoeing the best equine athletes in the world certainly looks good on a résumé, make no mistake, this is not an individual event — it’s all about the team helping the horse.
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    Shoeing For A Living

    New Hampshire Farriers Learn from Each Other

    Working on horses at the University of New Hampshire provided four farriers a chance to compare their approaches to hoof care
    An adage shared among farriers is that when you work in isolation, you become the best farrier that you know. It serves as a reminder that farriers learn from each other. Find skillful farriers who you can trust and spend time working with them.
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    Halting Laminitis

    Prevention And Management Strategies For Acute And Chronic Laminitis

    Laminitis likely can’t be cured by the time the intricate structures of the hoof degrade, it’s impossible to reverse the damage. That means that prevention, early detection and stopping progression of the disease are critical.


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    How to Identify and Treat Thrush

    This article provides an overview of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of thrush
    Thrush is a degenerative condition of the central and lateral sulci of the frog generally caused by a bacterial infection. The disease begins when bacteria penetrate the outer horn or epidermis of the frog and is characterized by deterioration of the frog and the presence of black necrotic exudate with a foul odor.
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    What Horse Owners And Farriers Should Expect From One Another

    The success of a hoof-care practice hinges on meeting expectations
    Horse owners have many expectations of a farrier. Recognizing and positively acting upon horse owner expectations are critical aspects of building a successful farrier business. Ignoring those expectations will negatively affect a farrier’s ability to build a successful business.
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    More Education Means More Quality Work, More Profit

    The International Hoof-Care Summit is the perfect name for an event where farriers meet to enrich our profession, boost our knowledge and better our lives, along with the lives of the horses and owners we serve

    Many of us make this journey each year to the peak, the top and the highest point of the footcare industry, where we are educated by the best minds in the hoof-care profession.


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    AAPF/IAPF Launches Hunter/Jumper Discipline Credential to Continue Farrier Education

    The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) first stackable credential, the hunter/jumper discipline, is now available for members to continue their education.

    The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) has added to the first step of their continuing education plans with the addition of “stackable or discipline credentialing.” The first discipline of this new level of credentialing available to farriers is the hunter/jumper discipline.


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    Remembering Dick Harris

    Fond Farewells From Farriers Preserve The Memory Of IPFA’s Founding Father
    Renowned farrier and member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame Dick Harris passed away Oct. 25, 2018, at the age of 90. He helped found the Iowa Professional Farriers Association (IPFA), where he served as president and vice president and on the board of directors.
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    Farriers Honor Lee Liles

    Memorial anvils reflect Liles’ impact on farrier world

    The late International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member Lee Liles will be honored through his love of horseshoeing tools. Liles has been laid to rest in three anvil urns created by Chuck Milne, owner of Texas Farrier Supply in Kennedale, Texas. This is a fitting honor for someone who respected the farrier craft so deeply.


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    Research Journal: December 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.

    Risk Factors For Laminitis

    A landmark national study organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners was conducted to identify factors associated with the development of pasture- and endocrine- (hormone) associated laminitis in North America.

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    Final Say

    Veterinarian-Farrier Relationships Grow In The Absence Of Egos

    I enjoy discussing veterinarian-farrier relationships. This subject reminds me of a quote from the legendary Baltimore Sun writer H.L. Mencken: “For every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.” There’s not an easy answer to the question on improving veterinarian-farrier relationships because we are complex individuals.


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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Teamwork Is Crucial At The World Equestrian Games

    There are no short cuts when providing elite hoof care
    Working the World Equestrian Games is often considered the crown jewel for many farriers’ careers. While shoeing the best equine athletes in the world certainly looks good on a résumé, make no mistake, this is not an individual event — it’s all about the team helping the horse.
    Read More
    257_NH_McPhee_Tyler_Marshall_JM_0518.jpg
    Shoeing For A Living

    New Hampshire Farriers Learn from Each Other

    Working on horses at the University of New Hampshire provided four farriers a chance to compare their approaches to hoof care
    An adage shared among farriers is that when you work in isolation, you become the best farrier that you know. It serves as a reminder that farriers learn from each other. Find skillful farriers who you can trust and spend time working with them.
    Read More
    PC060582.jpg

    Remembering Dick Harris

    Fond Farewells From Farriers Preserve The Memory Of IPFA’s Founding Father
    Renowned farrier and member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame Dick Harris passed away Oct. 25, 2018, at the age of 90. He helped found the Iowa Professional Farriers Association (IPFA), where he served as president and vice president and on the board of directors.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: December 2018

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Read tributes about Lee Liles from farriers from around the world.
    • Learn how to identify traumatized internal structures of the foot to prevent and intervene on pathology.
    • Download and read our free eGuide, “20 Safety Tips For Clients Who Hold Horses For Farriers And Vets.”
    • Watch a video of South Carolina farrier Jeff Pauley creating an artificial hoof wall with an adhesive.

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