American Farriers Journal

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September/October 2019

Volume: 45
Edition: 6
American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
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    What's This? September/October 2019

    A Truly ‘Gripping’ Find
    According to Steve Kraus, Cornell University’s head of farrier services and senior lecturer, the shoe depicted was typically used on light draft horses for traction on ice about 100 years ago.
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    Book Review

    Laminitis, Founder & Equine Digital Osteoarthritis

    By K.C. La Pierre
    K.C. La Pierre is no stranger to controversy in the hoof-care industry. With his latest book “Laminitis, Founder & Equine Digital Osteoarthritis,” La Pierre maintains that the traditional research on laminitis and founder have produced few treatment protocols because the model used in this research states that the coffin bone is suspended in the hoof by the laminae.
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    Shoeing For A Living

    Training the Next Generation of West Texas Farriers

    Blane Chapman and his brothers emphasize education and fundamentals in their hoof-care practices
    When shoeing in Lubbock, Texas, there’s a good chance that the farrier is working on a Quarter Horse. It’s also a good bet that the farrier is either a Chapman or someone who has worked for a Chapman.
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    Reiner Farriers Focus on More Than the Slide

    Texas farrier offers insight into keeping these equine athletes going
    The slide is the most recognized maneuver in reining, yet there’s much more to the sport than making dirt fly. Keeping that in mind, the farrier must shoe the reiner for all of the maneuvers, all the while playing a pivotal role in keeping the reiner in the show ring.
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    Increased Knowledge of the Equine Anatomy Can Help Farriers Improve Hoof Care

    The choices farriers make in trimming and shoeing should take into account bones, tendons and other internal structures of the limbs
    The choices farriers make when trimming and shoeing to achieve a certain result are going to have an impact on the entire equine limb and, at times, may result in unintended consequences. Understanding the anatomy of the equine limb beyond the hoof can help reduce the chances of a farrier’s action having an adverse reaction elsewhere. It can also improve the quality of communication among equine colleagues.
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    Farriers Are Key for Laminitis Early Detection

    University of Pennsylvania veterinarian James Orsini offers laminitis early detection and management tips
    Laminitis is one of the most dreaded equine diseases. Many horses affected by it eventually develop severe or chronic lameness. Dr. James Orsini, former director of the Laminitis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, is well-acquainted with the disease.
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    How to Convert a Router to a Pad Cutter

    This step-by-step process shows h a woodworking router to trim pads.
    Ever since the flip flop made its way from Europe 30 years ago, Versailles, Ky., farrier Steve Stanley has found it to be useful for horses under the right circumstances. He commonly uses flip flops as temporary solutions when managing harness horses that suffer from joint and knee pain.
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    Simple Strategies to Extend Your Tool Life

    Proper maintenance can save farriers time and money on equipment
    The farrier’s toolbox is critical to his or her livelihood. Quality tools should be built to last, but there are some things that farriers can do to extend — or shorten — the life of their tools. Dan Bradley, International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member and a representative for GE Forge and Tool of Grover Beach, Calif., offered common-sense tips that he has found helpful with farriers gathered for a clinic and grand opening of Ocala’s Farrier Supply in Florida.
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    UC Davis Treats White Line Disease with Surgical Laser

    Innovative approach eliminates previously undetectable pockets of bacteria and fungus
    From diagnosis to management, white line disease presents a multitude of challenges for the farrier, the veterinarian and the horse owner. An umbrella term for infections that attack the innermost layers of the hoof, white line disease often has multiple pathologies, which can make it difficult to treat successfully.
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    Understanding Ligaments and Tendons in Horses

    In this first in a series, Dr. Deb Bennett discusses the scope of her anatomy lessons and misconceptions she finds with ligaments and tendons.
    The specialized and fascinating anatomy and function of the reciprocating systems, which aid locomotion in horses, is crucially important for farriers. I want to begin by clearing up some confusions about anatomical terminology, as well as make clear my approach to teaching horse anatomy.
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    Copper Sulfate Use by Farriers Raises Safety Concerns

    The common thrush treatment can be dangerous to farriers, horses and the environment
    When providing hoof care on a regular schedule, many farriers see horses every 6 to 8 weeks and the nature of the footcare business is to provide a solution that works best for a horse within that interval. Yet, bacterial- and fungal-induced diseases such as thrush often thwart those best intentions.
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    Strategies for Working with Difficult Horses

    Get in tune with horses by understanding their perspective
    Farriers often have to work with less than cooperative horses, and sometimes it’s a challenge to assess why a horse is acting the way it is and figure out how to resolve a certain issue. The reward outweighs the effort, though, because many problem horses can then be approached or addressed a little differently — and successfully — without causing future issues.
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    TEST YOUR SKILL 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 sidebone 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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    Shop Talk: September/October 2019

    Zoetis Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Platinum Performance, a privately held, nutrition-focused animal health company. Platinum’s flagship equine products include Platinum Performance Equine, a comprehensive wellness and performance formula, and Platinum Performance CJ, which delivers wellness and performance with the addition of joint support ingredients.
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    Research Journal: September/October 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.

    Frequency of Cutting Horse Lameness

    Examination of a series of lameness cases in Texas revealed insights into why owners of 200 cutting horses sought treatment at the Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Two hundred cutting horses were presented for evaluation with poor performance being the more common complaint (58%) compared with lameness (42%). All of the horses were lame in at least one limb and 81/200 were lame in multiple limbs.

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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Shoeing For A Living

    Training the Next Generation of West Texas Farriers

    Blane Chapman and his brothers emphasize education and fundamentals in their hoof-care practices
    When shoeing in Lubbock, Texas, there’s a good chance that the farrier is working on a Quarter Horse. It’s also a good bet that the farrier is either a Chapman or someone who has worked for a Chapman.
    Read More

    Reiner Farriers Focus on More Than the Slide

    Texas farrier offers insight into keeping these equine athletes going
    The slide is the most recognized maneuver in reining, yet there’s much more to the sport than making dirt fly. Keeping that in mind, the farrier must shoe the reiner for all of the maneuvers, all the while playing a pivotal role in keeping the reiner in the show ring.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: September/October 2019

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Slick Tips for Sliding Plates Texas farrier Chad Chance offers advice on how to help reining horses earn those all-important extra fractions of a point.
    • From the Shop Versailles, Ky., farrier Steve Stanley shows changes he made to his shop at the legendary Red Mile to make his workflow easier.
    • Managing Laminitis Dr. James Orsini, former director of the Laminitis Institute, presents practical approaches to dealing with laminitis in an Online Hoof-Care Classroom webinar.
    • Take the Sidebone Shoe Challenge Craig Trnka offers step-by-step instructions on how to make a sidebone shoe, the mail-in challenge for the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit.

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