American Farriers Journal

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March 2021

Volume: 48
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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    Frankly Speaking: Farrier Tools Tell Stories

    Adam Fahr's article on tuning a punch in the March issue of American Farriers Journal is a reminder of how tough farriers are on their tools, as well as the need for maintaining them. A well-crafted and maintained tool repays your investment many times over.


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    Briefings: March 2021

    Cleaning the Coal Forge without Dirtying the Shop

    If you have a coke-fueled forge in your home shop, remember it needs to be cleaned from time to time.


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    Shoeing For A Living

    Shoeing Sport Horses with Ty Garner

    Shoeing top performance horses requires creative solutions and pursuing solid basics

    Ty Garner  traces his passion for farriery back to age 12 when his family moved  across the street from a boarding barn in Utah. He would begin working  there mucking stalls and doing other chores. At 14, he bought his first  horse. Through this, he was drawn to horseshoeing.


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    Tips for Tuning Punches

    Arkansas farrier and American Farriers Team member Adam Fahr explains his approach to maintaining this critical tool
    If you are a horseshoer, you may have found that sometimes you wreck your tools. Proper maintenance will enable some tools to last longer and work better. In the case of the punch, the key is to not let it deteriorate too much before you redress it. Ideally, you won’t let it get to the point where it mushrooms out — although that certainly happens.
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    Congratulations to the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Horseshoer/educator and veterinarian researcher are selected by their peers for top honors

    The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor farriers around the world who have made significant contributions to the profession. The International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor veterinarians who have contributed to the knowledge and recognition of proper hoof care for horses. Current Hall of Fame members vote on inductees each year. A link to the nomination form can be found at AmericanFarriers.com/0321.


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    How Horseshoe Modifications Change Pressure Distribution at the Hoof’s Weight-Bearing Surface

    Research suggests compromises to counteract unintended side effects of therapeutic applications
    Today’s veterinarians and farriers are confronted with a huge variety of orthopedic horseshoes that either have been developed over long periods or are modernly fashioned. The application of orthopedic horseshoes traditionally has been a therapeutic option to treat certain hoof disorders and other causes of lameness, so that knowledge about their effects on the hoof remains important.
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    Liability Can Ruin a Farrier Business

    Understanding the different legal issues that might arise enables horseshoers to protect their practice

    Society’s general understanding of the law is often shaped by what we see on television or in movies. The storylines depicted typically start with a search for the truth and end with a sense of justice served. In the real world, the law is not nearly as black and white; in fact, much more often, it’s shades of gray. 


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    A Sound Farrier Needs Proper Fitting Shoes

    Incorrectly sized footgear fails to support your back, hips and joints

    Few professions can compare the physical strength and prowess needed to stay physically sound as a farrier. You bend, lift and twist all day, often with your head at the level of your hips. All the while you are handling and being handled by a sizable animal with a mind of its own and under environmental variables of temperature, footing and lighting, as well as a third person, if you have a handler. The last thing you need is to have your feet weigh you down and trip you up.


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    Should Farriers Avoid Removing the Periople?

    The membrane protects the hoof, but it could be at risk for infection

    When  asking a farrier about his or her philosophy on any number of hoof-care  tasks — trimming protocol, shoe fit, even shoe or nail choice — the  answers are largely unpredictable because they vary widely. However,  when asking farriers how they regard the periople, they fall into one of  two camps — those who avoid it and those who remove it.


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    Research Journal: March 2021

    “The information, ideas, and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture."

    Laminitis is the Most Common Reason for Horse Euthanasia

     

    A 2-year prospective survey examined  the rate of euthanasia and factors associated with euthanasia among  1,070 horses and ponies in Great Britain. This analysis was part of a  larger study of laminitis that enrolled owners of healthy animals who  responded via a web-based survey. Most respondents owned one to three  animals for an average of about 7 years. Native pony breeds were most  common and while most owners (60%) reported their animals were in ideal  body condition, a third of the animals enrolled had a previous history  of laminitis.


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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    Shoeing For A Living

    Shoeing Sport Horses with Ty Garner

    Shoeing top performance horses requires creative solutions and pursuing solid basics

    Ty Garner  traces his passion for farriery back to age 12 when his family moved  across the street from a boarding barn in Utah. He would begin working  there mucking stalls and doing other chores. At 14, he bought his first  horse. Through this, he was drawn to horseshoeing.


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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras March 2021

    • Make the Summit Mail-In Shoe Watch International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Craig Trnka make the 2021 competition shoe.
    • Anticipate Legal Problems Todd Santoro offers tips to stay out of court in his Farrier Business Success Academy presentation.
    • Tips for Tuning a Punch Watch American Farriers Team member Adam Fahr of Paragould, Ark., demonstrate how he tunes a punch.
    • Badass Rig: Eric Billingsley The Phoenix-based farrier shares how he set up his 4-Star converted trailer to stand the test of time in this video.

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