American Farriers Journal

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May/June 2020

Volume: 46
Edition: 4
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

    Frankly Speaking: An Annual Tradition to Honor Your Mentors

    Twenty-two years ago, American Farriers Journal launched Farriers Week for the equine industry to recognize farriers for their dedicated commitment to delivering hoof care to the horses. This year’s Farriers Week runs July 5-July 11. From this small beginning, it has grown to annual tradition for clients and equine businesses taking time to celebrate farriers.
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    Shoeing During a Pandemic

    Iowa farrier observes an unexpected uptick in his local business as equine enthusiasts stay home and ride
    Even living in rural Iowa, our lives have certainly been affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, but perhaps not to the extent of areas where populations are much denser. Our schools are closed, as are many businesses; however, Iowa is not under a stay-at-home order — at least not as I write this in early April.
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    Farrier Business Advice During COVID-19

    Farriers share business ideas to help during the Corona virus pandemic.
    Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, opinions greatly differ on the seriousness of the subject, as well as the response by the government. Regardless of your opinion on public health risks and resulting actions, it is a fact that every industry is affected by the pandemic.
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    Patching Hoof Wall Cracks with Composite Materials

    Research puts hoof crack composites to the test
    Why does a footcare solution succeed with one horse, but fail with another? The answer could be simple, but usually it is complex, considering the endless list of variables affecting the outcome. The horse, its job, environment and client all have a huge influence on the success of a farrier’s work.
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    Why David Duckett’s Foot Balancing Method is Still Confused with Russell’s

    Maryland farrier Matthew Taimuty revisits the differences 20 years after writing Duckett vs. Russell
    Duckett’s Dot likely is the most commonly cited reference point for farriers when determining balance of the equine foot. Yet, acceptance of David Duckett’s theory didn’t go according to plan. When Duckett presented his groundbreaking work at the 1988 American Farrier’s Association Convention, in Lexington, Ky., it was almost immediately confused with the writing of another.
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    How Hind End Geometry Improves Performance and Balance

    Cornell University Farrier Steve Kraus explains the geometrical effects of trimming and shoeing
    Car manufacturers know placing the power at the rear of the vehicle allows for better balance. Nearly all race cars are rear-wheel drive so that when accelerating from a stop, the vehicle’s weight transfers to the back of the car and provides increased traction.
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    Maryland Farrier’s Toe Length Protocol Keeps Show Horses in Top Form

    Tape measure, dividers and hoof protractor help maintain proper foot parameters
    The most important tool of the farrier trade is the mind’s eye. Developing a highly trained eye is the key to consistently bringing horses’ feet to their proper parameters. There are three tools that, if used correctly, have the potential to not only speed up the development process, they can also confirm everything your eye is telling you, regardless of skill set.
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    Equine Reciprocating Systems: New Parts and Novel Attachments

    Understanding the anatomical parts and novel attachments critical to reciprocating systems in the modern-day equine will lay the farrier’s groundwork for achieving soundness
    Writing this installment in our Equine Reciprocating Limb series, I could not help but hear the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” running through my head — especially the punch line: “The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles.” That very aptly sums up one of my main points: if anatomical parts aren’t connected, reciprocation does not happen.
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    Farriers Can Add Value to their Practice with Adhesive Applications

    Acrylic, urethane and polyurethane are among the options available to enhance a hoof-care business
    Acrylic and urethane adhesives can offer farriers more shoeing options, the ability to provide better services to clients and ultimately an opportunity to increase business profitability. Despite these potential benefits, many farriers still shy away from reactive adhesives due to confusion about which product to use and when.
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    Shop Talk: May/June 2020

    One year after Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s advanced farrier-training program was put on the budgetary chopping block, a revamped curriculum has been given the green light by the institution’s senate.
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    Research Journal: May/June 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.
    Led by a scientist at Michigan State University, a team of researchers evaluated the effects of a dietary supplement containing resveratrol and the amino acid leucine on insulin dysregulation in horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). Fifteen horses with naturally occurring EMS were treated for 6 weeks with weight, body condition and several metabolic factors, including insulin levels, measured following an oral sugar test both before and after treatment with the supplement.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Shoeing During a Pandemic

    Iowa farrier observes an unexpected uptick in his local business as equine enthusiasts stay home and ride
    Even living in rural Iowa, our lives have certainly been affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, but perhaps not to the extent of areas where populations are much denser. Our schools are closed, as are many businesses; however, Iowa is not under a stay-at-home order — at least not as I write this in early April.
    Read More
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    Patching Hoof Wall Cracks with Composite Materials

    Research puts hoof crack composites to the test
    Why does a footcare solution succeed with one horse, but fail with another? The answer could be simple, but usually it is complex, considering the endless list of variables affecting the outcome. The horse, its job, environment and client all have a huge influence on the success of a farrier’s work.
    Read More
    Open_F14_Bennett7.jpg

    Equine Reciprocating Systems: New Parts and Novel Attachments

    Understanding the anatomical parts and novel attachments critical to reciprocating systems in the modern-day equine will lay the farrier’s groundwork for achieving soundness
    Writing this installment in our Equine Reciprocating Limb series, I could not help but hear the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” running through my head — especially the punch line: “The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles.” That very aptly sums up one of my main points: if anatomical parts aren’t connected, reciprocation does not happen.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: May/June 2020

    p>Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

     

    • Shoeing for a Living –  Read Jeff Ridley’s original “Shoeing for a Living” article from July 2003 and watch how he treats a vulsions in a webinar.

    • Equine Reciprocating Systems — Review any of the seven installments of Dr. Deb Bennett’s series online to improve your understanding of anatomy.

    • A Conversation with Travis Burns — Travis Burns talks about his work at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and his path to becoming a farrier.

    • “Duckett vs. Russell” – Maryland farrier Matthew Taimuty details the differences between the methods used by David Duckett and William Russell in this 1999 article.


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