American Farriers Journal

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May/June 2019

Volume: 45
Edition: 4

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

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    Shoeing For A Living

    Shoeing Performance Horses in Oldham County, Kentucky

    Kentucky Farrier Conrad Trow credits his success to dictating how his practice should operate.
    Conrad Trow’s farrier practice is based in Oldham County, northwest of Louisville, Ky. When people talk about horses in the Bluegrass State, Lexington may often receive the attention, but Trow says that Oldham County is a hidden gem for the farriers that work there. Why? There are plenty of quality horses in a concentrated area.
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    Enter a New Era of Business Management

    Use apps and software to put your farrier practice ahead of the times.
    The face of business management is changing with the birth of new technology over the last decade. Although many farriers still use old-fashioned pen and paper for billing and scheduling clients, a growing number are turning to apps and software to help their business run more smoothly.
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    Evidence-based Farriery is Revolutionizing Hoof Care

    Scientific study is measuring the effectiveness of anecdotal traditions
    “No Foot, No Horse.” What does that mean? Originally, it came from the cavalry. A soldier needed the hoof of his deceased horse in order to receive a new one. Today, however, the expression has come to emphasize the importance of caring for our horses’ hooves.
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    The Pros and Cons of Top Dressing the Foot

    Farriers discuss the benefits, potential problems and value
    Farriers agree on the definition of top dressing as the practice of rasping the top side of the hoof to remove any flares or other distortions before shaping the shoe and putting it on. Not all agree, though, that it’s the right thing to do.
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    Sport Horse Presents Tough, Unresolved Case

    Presented with a horse not responding to hoof-care, farrier Stuart Muir tries different footcare strategies to achieve soundness
    As farriers, when we are managing therapeutic cases, we like to see our work benefit the horse so that it can return to the same capacity that it was previously working in. Of course, that isn’t always the case and despite our best efforts, many horses won’t return to their previous levels of performance — or at all.
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    Practice is the Key to Forging Proficiency

    Improving your chances in certification and horseshoeing competitions takes time and repetition
    How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, man, practice. Although it’s an old joke, there’s plenty of wisdom that can be applied to any situation — including farriery. Participating in certifications, credentialing and forging competitions are great ways of improving your skills, but to do well, you still have to practice.
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    Strategies to Manage Thin-Soled Horses

    Thin soles can occur for a number of reasons, but a good management plan can help these horses remain active and comfortable
    Thin-soled horses can be a challenge. Thin soles chronically plague some horses, likely an inherited trait, while others can experience an acute case as the result of the environment, a recent trimming or as a side effect of another foot pathology, such as laminitis.
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    New Tax Laws Hitting Supply Shops’ Bottom Lines

    State-specific internet tax regulations are increasing competition, but costing more time and money
    The 1992 United States Supreme Court case of Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota set the precedent for online sales tax collection, ruling that unless a company held a physical presence within a state, no sales taxes could be exacted on merchandise sold into the state.
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    Overcome “Bad” Horses in Your Hoof-Care Practice

    Gaining trust and nurturing your relationships with horses will make your job easier
    Every farrier at one time or another comes across a horse that’s difficult to work with — or has a reputation of being difficult. There might be some horses that you would prefer not to have to deal with, but you realize that it’s in your best interest to go ahead and do them.
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    Challenging Common Shoeing Beliefs

    Scientific investigation on shoe placement and other topics of farriery continue to affect widely-held theories
    Shoeing horses has often been termed a “necessary evil.” Certainly, it is not natural, but neither is the domesticated life most horses must endure. Domestication results in a separation of the horse from the natural environment and lifestyle which directed its evolution.
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    Research Journal: May/June 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.

    Ontario Racehorse Deaths This descriptive study examined the frequency of racehorse deaths in Ontario, Canada, from 2003 through 2015. In 2003, the Ontario Racing Commission created a reporting system to record all deaths of Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred racehorses that occurred within 60 days of racing or entering a race or timed work. Owners are required to report all deaths that occur regardless of the cause or where the death occurred.


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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Shoeing For A Living

    Shoeing Performance Horses in Oldham County, Kentucky

    Kentucky Farrier Conrad Trow credits his success to dictating how his practice should operate.
    Conrad Trow’s farrier practice is based in Oldham County, northwest of Louisville, Ky. When people talk about horses in the Bluegrass State, Lexington may often receive the attention, but Trow says that Oldham County is a hidden gem for the farriers that work there. Why? There are plenty of quality horses in a concentrated area.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: May/June 2019

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Gain more insight from Hall of Fame farrier Grant Moon on the thought process that can help improve your trimming and shoeing plan.
    • Watch and read more forging tips from International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Bob Marshall.
    • See more of Kentucky farrier Conrad Trow’s work with Thoroughbreds in videos from our day with him.
    • Watch videos from this case study that show the horse’s progress and illustrate challenges that Stuart Muir encountered.

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