American Farriers Journal

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March 2019

Volume: 45
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: 3 Tips for Regaining Your Confidence

    After reading Mike Brookfield’s essay, “He Was My Best Teacher,” on Page 94, I’ve been thinking about the subject of confidence. For Brookfield, a lameness case with a Quarter Horse tested his confidence. He writes about how this particular case made him question a lot of what he thought he knew about hoof care.
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    Briefings: March 2019

    The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has successfully used positron emission tomography (PET) on a standing horse. The equine PET software has been pioneered at UC Davis, beginning in 2015. However, the horses being previously imaged had to be put under anesthetic in order to capture the image. Now, horses can remain standing with only slight sedation.
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    What's This? March 2019

    From the Ashes
    Archaeologists with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii unearthed a full cast of a horse that was buried in the ash of Mount Vesuvius, which erupted and decimated Pompeii in 79 A.D.
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    Book Review

    The Hoof of the Horse

    By Dr. Simon Curtis

    Following his previous works, Simon Curtis set out to write a book about the horse’s hoof, based on science. Not the horse’s foot and its internal structures, but a book on just the hoof capsule. In that endeavor Dr. Curtis was eminently successful in “The Hoof of the Horse.”


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    Understanding Hoof Shape

    This is an extract from Chapter 3 of The Hoof of the Horse by Simon Curtis
    Horse’s hooves vary greatly in shape and this is influenced by a number of factors including age, breed, wear, farriery and plastic hoof deformation. Plastic deformation is the semi-permanent change in shape caused by compression and bending of the horn.
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    Reader Commentary: March 2019

    I’m writing to you regarding the article “A Non-Invasive Option for Correcting Foals’ Limbs,” which featured in the January/February 2019 issue of American Farriers Journal. The conservative, nonsurgical management of angular limb deformities (ALDs) by hoof trimming and/or glue-on extensions is well described in references such as “Adams’ and Stashak’s Lameness in Horses” (chapter 11).
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    Preventing and Managing the Most Common Form of Laminitis

    Strategies are improving to keep horses more comfortable and limit the progression of the deadly disease
    Less than 2 decades ago, it was thought that all laminitis cases were the same regardless of the cause. Research since has proven that there are key differences in the mechanisms that lead to laminitis in different situations and that there are basically three major forms…
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    Shoeing For A Living

    Building Upon a Strong Foundation

    New York farrier Kalam Blessing focuses on improving horses’ lives by improving his skill set
    Since he was a young boy growing up in south­­ern Pennsylvania, Kalam Blessing has had an affinity for horses. What started out as a child’s hope to score a few rides has blossomed into a career to help horses live more comfortably.
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    Can a Conformational Deformity Be Corrected or Maintained?

    The answer lies in whether the conformational problem will return or worsen if regular farrier visits end
    Do we correct or maintain a conformational deformity? Farriers do a little of both, depending on the age of the horse. As part of the correction process, a problem continues and needs to be maintained. Farriers develop the practical skill to manage conformational problems.
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    Successful Summit Educates and Inspires Hundreds of Farriers

    The International Hoof-Care Summit drew hundreds of attendees to Cincinnati for education, networking and fellowship
    For the 16th year, the International Hoof-Care Summit brought farriers and equine veterinarians to Cincinnati for 4 days of footcare education. With a theme of “Where Footcare Comes First,” the Summit lived up to its name, with attendees and exhibitors representing 25 countries from Jan 22 to 25, 2019.
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    Hoof-Care Professionals Get Ideas to Improve Their Everyday Work

    Roundtables provide an opportunity to learn tips and techniques and apply them in their practice
    The 16th annual International Hoof-Care Summit attracted a substantial collection of footcare professionals from vast cultures, ensuring a diversity of experiences, climates and techniques that can help attendees improve their hoof-care practices.
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    6 Honored for Lifetime Hoof-Care Accomplishments

    Three farriers and three veterinarians were elected to their respective Halls Of Fame at the 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit
    Six individuals were honored for outstanding careers in footcare during Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies at the 16th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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    Steven Beane Wins Summit Mail-In Exercise

    Concave challenge tests competitors, while delivering a practical shoe for many practices
    For the fifth time at the International Hoof-Care Summit, VICTORY sponsored the Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise. This challenge was free to enter and participants each received a T-shirt for their efforts.
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    How to Deal with Softhearted Clients and Spoiled Horses

    Farriers offer advice on how to break bad habits of both owners and horses
    Farriers are generally prepared to deal with just about any situation they are faced with in terms of the horse’s behavior — determining whether it’s scared, nervous, inexperienced, in pain or spoiled — and having a strategy to successfully handle that horse.
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    Shoeing Tips from the Winter 2019 Anvil Brand Clinic

    Farrier Hank Chisolm and equine veterinarian and farrier Brian Beasley share tips on shoeing for soundness and using adhesives, respectively
    Farriers all have differences in how they approach their work. Get a group of farriers together and this is evident down to the most subtle detail. At the mid-February Anvil Brand clinic, two farriers — one also being a veterinarian — presented different perspectives on footcare while working on the same horse.
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    Shoeing Principles for Club Feet

    For veterinarians and farriers to properly address club feet, early intervention is the key
    With his work in Kentucky, Craig Lesser finds management of club feet to be a common issue. Practicing out of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., the equine veterinarian and American Farrier’s Association certified farrier approaches these cases from that dual perspective.
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    Avoid These 3 Common Insurance Mistakes

    Plus, find out when, what and how to insure your farrier practice
    Are you adequately protecting you and your hoof-care practice? Chances are you’re not. According to the 2019 Farrier Bus­iness Practices Report, conducted by American Farriers Journal, the vast majority of full-time farriers (95%) have some type of medical insurance.
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    Horseshoeing Museum Finds a New Home

    Lee Liles’ Museum of Horseshoeing Tools is moving to the Oklahoma City Stockyards
    The late Lee Liles dedicated his life to preserving the heritage of farriery with the creation of the National Museum of Horseshoeing Tools and Hall Of Honor.
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    Shop Talk: March 2019

    Controversy Erupts Over Plan to Eliminate Farrier Program After more than 4 decades of training and educating hoof-care students in the Pacific Northwest, Walla Walla Community College is eliminating its Farrier Science Program, and the decision is not sitting well with students, the community and a faculty member.
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    Research Journal: March 2019

    The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    Regional Tiludronate for Navicular Syndrome Tiludronate is a bisphosphonate medication used to prevent the loss of bone density by decreasing the activity of osteoclasts, cells that cause bone resorption when active.
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    Final Say

    Persistence Pays Off In Navicular Case

    Farrier struggles with a navicular case, but helps the Quarter Horse thanks to creative thinking, humbleness and owner patience
    Our most important lessons as farriers often are learned through that one horse. These cases deliver an education that can’t be duplicated in any classroom. For me, that horse was Stretch.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Hoof-Care Professionals Get Ideas to Improve Their Everyday Work

    Roundtables provide an opportunity to learn tips and techniques and apply them in their practice
    The 16th annual International Hoof-Care Summit attracted a substantial collection of footcare professionals from vast cultures, ensuring a diversity of experiences, climates and techniques that can help attendees improve their hoof-care practices.
    Read More
    Open_BeforeAfter.jpg

    Can a Conformational Deformity Be Corrected or Maintained?

    The answer lies in whether the conformational problem will return or worsen if regular farrier visits end
    Do we correct or maintain a conformational deformity? Farriers do a little of both, depending on the age of the horse. As part of the correction process, a problem continues and needs to be maintained. Farriers develop the practical skill to manage conformational problems.
    Read More
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    Shoeing Tips from the Winter 2019 Anvil Brand Clinic

    Farrier Hank Chisolm and equine veterinarian and farrier Brian Beasley share tips on shoeing for soundness and using adhesives, respectively
    Farriers all have differences in how they approach their work. Get a group of farriers together and this is evident down to the most subtle detail. At the mid-February Anvil Brand clinic, two farriers — one also being a veterinarian — presented different perspectives on footcare while working on the same horse.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras March 2019

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Stopping Laminitis Cold The use of cryotherapy delivers benefits to laminitic patients as our understanding increases.

      Where Does the Problem Originate? An extreme case of scoliosis-related hoof issues serves as a reminder to look at the whole horse.

      How Reading the Horse Can Make Your Job Easier A horse’s body language can give you an idea of its current state of mind. 

      Why Equine Bones Break and Tendons Rupture Biomechanics influence the performance and risk of injury in racehorses.


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