American Farriers Journal

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March 2020

Volume: 46
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

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    4 Steps to Grow Your Farrier Business

    Florida farrier’s practice improves by changing prices, payment methods and shoeing cycles
    Six years ago, Wes Meyer was trimming and shoeing a lot of horses and making good money. Yet, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., farrier's practice wasn't doing as well as it should be. Meyer was chasing outstanding payments, his inventory was too high and his horses were losing shoes. He recognized the need for an improved way of doing business.
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    Maryland Farrier Remains Successful by Adapting His Practice

    First Shoeing for a Living subject details keys for longevity in the face of uncertainty
    When Frank Lessiter wrote the first “Shoeing for a Living” in 1992, American Farriers Journal launched what became its most popular feature series. Over the 28 years since its debut, the focus of each of the articles clearly mirrors Hall of Fame farrier Henry Heymering’s goals when he published the first 8-page issue of the magazine 45 years ago — bringing farriers together and eliminating isolationism.
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    26 Tips from the 2020 Summit Roundtables

    Farriers and veterinarians tap into collective wisdom at the International Hoof-Care Summit Roundtables
    The 17th annual International Hoof-Care Summit drew farriers and equine veterinarians to Cincinnati, Ohio, for 4 days of footcare education. With a theme of "Focus on Hoof Care for a Healthier Horse," the Summit demonstrated why it’s truly international with attendees and exhibitors representing 21 countries.
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    Equine Reciprocating Systems: Periosteum, Joints and Growth

    In the fifth in this series, Dr. Deb Bennett illustrates how the horse matures and the role joints play in locomotion
    The periosteum, thin but tough connective tissue that enwraps all true bones, was the focus of the third installment of this series, “Equine Reciprocating Systems: Connecting Tendon to Bone.” Knowledge of the periosteum creates a good starting point for learning the structure of joints.
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    Abscesses Lead List of Common Hoof Infections

    Dr. Raul Bras discusses foot infections at Midwest Equine Podiatry Conference
    Foot infections are a common source of lameness in the horse. Understanding the causes of these infections and identifying their clinical signs are key to getting a horse back on the path toward health. Raul Bras, certified journeyman farrier and a veterinarian at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, Ky. discussed some of the different foot infections a hoof-care professional is likely to encounter, the importance of early identification and types of veterinary interventions that may be necessary at the Midwest Equine Podiatry Conference in Arlington, Wis.
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    Farrier Discussion of High-Low Syndrome

    Farriers share insight on high-low horses by looking at a case prior to trimming.
    Horses presenting high-low syndrome is a common management issue for farriers. And as with other challenges in farriery, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in addressing the problem. Particularly with this syndrome, there are many variants or forms, and the farrier must also factor in many other variables beyond what is presented in the feet to improve the outcome for the horse.
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    Joint Practitioner Educational Clinics: Win-Win for Clients and Their Horses

    Case discussion builds camaraderie and helps reinforce professional boundaries
    One Friday a month, 30 farriers in western Pennsylvania gather at Allegheny Equine Practice. At least one, often two, lame horses are awaiting them. A veterinarian performs a lameness exam and explains the steps involved. The horses are blocked and radiographs are taken.
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    2020 Summit Mail-In Forging Winner

    VICTORY sponsored the Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise, challenging participants to make a sidebone shoe.
    For the sixth year, VICTORY has sponsored the Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise. This contest challenges participants to make the shoe specimen made by the judge. Edgewood, N.M., farrier Craig Trnka provided this year’s challenge, a sidebone shoe. Pulaski, Wis., farrier Joe Nygren bested the other competitors with his shoe.
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    Cryotherapy’s Role in Helping Lame Horses

    Researchers examine cryotherapy’s analgesic effects with study of horses with induced lameness
    Standing a horse in a cold creek was an old horseman’s remedy. Times have changed since this early iteration of cryotherapy, as today we have advanced products to provide the same treatment in clinical and field settings through more controlled and effective processes.
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    Recognizing the Footcare Leaders of Tomorrow

    Three farriers are honored at the International Hoof-Care Summit for outstanding career progress in their first 3 years after shoeing school
    Three up-and-coming farriers were honored for early career success at the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ben Barhorst of Lexington, Ky.; Audrey Williams of Edmonton, Alberta; and Gary Gullo Jr. of Old Brooksville, N.Y., were named 2019 Rising Shoeing Stars.
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    Research Journal: March 2020

    The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    Creating Lameness for Inflammation Study Heart-bar shoes that incorporate an adjustable pressure screw are used as a reversible model of hoof pain for experimental studies of anti-inflammatory medications. In this trial, researchers applied heart-bar shoes to five mares.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Equine Reciprocating Systems: Periosteum, Joints and Growth

    In the fifth in this series, Dr. Deb Bennett illustrates how the horse matures and the role joints play in locomotion
    The periosteum, thin but tough connective tissue that enwraps all true bones, was the focus of the third installment of this series, “Equine Reciprocating Systems: Connecting Tendon to Bone.” Knowledge of the periosteum creates a good starting point for learning the structure of joints.
    Read More
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    Abscesses Lead List of Common Hoof Infections

    Dr. Raul Bras discusses foot infections at Midwest Equine Podiatry Conference
    Foot infections are a common source of lameness in the horse. Understanding the causes of these infections and identifying their clinical signs are key to getting a horse back on the path toward health. Raul Bras, certified journeyman farrier and a veterinarian at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, Ky. discussed some of the different foot infections a hoof-care professional is likely to encounter, the importance of early identification and types of veterinary interventions that may be necessary at the Midwest Equine Podiatry Conference in Arlington, Wis.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: March 2020

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • 2020 Hall of Fame Induction – Meet the farriers (three of the four, pictured at left) and veterinarians who were inducted into the horseshoeing and equine veterinarian halls of fame.
    • Still Going Strong 28 Years Later – The first “Shoeing for a Living” was written 28 years ago. Walk down memory lane and read the feature, which focused on Maryland farrier Gary Faulkner.
    • Build Concave Shoes Step-By-Step – Hall of Fame farrier Billy Crothers makes concave shoes during an Indiana Farriers Association event at Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, Ind.
    • Rising Shoeing Stars Sound Off – 2019 Rising Shoeing Stars Ben Barhorst (left), Audrey Williams and Gary Gullo Jr. share their early career challenges and triumphs.

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