American Farriers Journal

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March 2022

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

    Jim Poor AFA Convention

    Briefings: March 2022

    • Quick Hammer Handle Tips
    • A Hand from Mike Rowe
    • Trends Affecting the Equine Industry
    • Fight Off Stagnation
    • Building A Horse Care Triangle

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    What's This?

    Boiler-Plate Horseshoe
    Working horses played critical roles in everyday life before the motorized carriage drove them to pasture. Like a truck that breaks down today, a horse that couldn’t do its job was a liability. While businesses might go to the junkyard to find a part to get the truck back on the road, farriers forged applications that would help the horse so it could return to work.
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    How Modifications Affect Breakover

    This study examines the effects of front shoe-surface modifications in the sport horse on the speed of breakover during the walk and trot on artificial and solid surfaces

    In recent history, shoeing has had two primary requirements: protect the hoof capsule and alter the horse’s performance (Adams and Stashak, 2002). When it comes to enhancing performance and altering kinematics, toe-surface modifications are of key importance in the veterinary and farrier professions (Hüppler et al., 2016).


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    Applying the Heart-Bar Horseshoe

    Therapeutic shoe can be a helpful solution in certain hoof-care cases, but a detriment if incorrectly applied

    The heart-bar shoe is arguably one of the most used and recognized therapeutic shoes in modern farriery. The late Burney Chapman popularized the use of the heart bar. The Lubbock, Texas, farrier reintroduced the shoe to the farrier industry, most notably at the 1984 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention with fellow legend Dr. George Platt.



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    Shoeing Performance Horses for Synthetic Surfaces

    Strategies to keep equine athletes sound and comfortable during competition

    The study of synthetic footing remains the frontier of the sport horse industry. In my opinion, synthetic footing is the sporthorse farrier’s greatest challenge. There is little scientific data available to guide farriers. Mostly, we have our own experiences and those of our colleagues to what works and doesn’t work for horses that are performing on synthetic surfaces.


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    Henry Heymering
    In Memoriam

    Remembering Henry Heymering

    American Farriers Journal founder filled industry’s information void

    International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Henry Heymering, of Frederick, Md., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. He was 71.


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    Doctor Frank Gravlee
    In Memoriam

    Remembering Frank Gravlee

    Equine veterinarian pioneered equine nutrition research

    International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame member Frank Gravlee, passed away Jan. 23, 2022. He was 90.


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    How to Prevent and Treat Thrush in Horse Hooves

    Foot trimming basics can reduce the risk of anaerobic bacterial infections
    Proportionally speaking, the frog is close to one of the smallest structures in the equine body. Yet, despite its size, it plays a central role in maintaining healthy, sound horses. A healthy frog shares in the load-bearing function of the hoof and absorbs concussion each time the hoof contacts the ground.
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    In the Farrier Shop: Steve Stanley and the Red Mile

    Take a tour of a farrier shop and see the improvements Steve Stanley has made.
    As a summer downpour thumps the metal roof of his farrier shop, Steve Stanley notes how the layout blends tradition and modernity. The tradition is easy to see — his shop is at the historic Red Mile. The Standardbred track opened in Lexington, Ky., in 1875. Over the decades, the track has seen its share of legendary horses, drivers and trainers.
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    Shoeing Jousting Horses

    Jousting horses require athletic ability and for a farrier to provide ample traction

    As farriers, we work with a variety of horses and clients. Since the summer of 2016, I’ve worked with a rare set of clients: jousters who travel and compete at Renaissance fairs. Although this is a very small niche of the equine industry, in a way it is still everyday work because of how I apply the basics.


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    The Way It Was

    Vision Comes Through Experience

    Watching a Thoroughbred trot gave a young shoer a lesson about age and wisdom.
    In the farrier world, there is an impressive list of legends. But there are the shoers who work quietly for decades, often somewhere in the backcountry — certainly far out of the spotlight. Those farriers still manage to acquire a sterling reputation for their ability to successfully tackle any number of challenges.
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    Winner of the 2022 Mail-In Forging Exercise

    Jacob Butler wins the contest judged by Craig Trnka as the 2022 International Hoof-Care Summit

    Jacob Butler doesn’t currently shoe any gaited horses — there aren’t any in his area of Nebraska.
    However, he did shoe Saddlebreds and Morgans while living in Colorado. The 2022 International Hoof-Care Summit Mail-in Forging Exercise gave Butler an opportunity to revisit his shoeing roots. 


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    Research Journal: March 2022

    The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
    • Changing Approach to Laminitis
    • Agreement of Lameness Evaluations
    • Reliability of an Instrumented Horseshoe for Gait Analysis
    • Mineral Levels in Foal Hooves

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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

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    How Modifications Affect Breakover

    This study examines the effects of front shoe-surface modifications in the sport horse on the speed of breakover during the walk and trot on artificial and solid surfaces

    In recent history, shoeing has had two primary requirements: protect the hoof capsule and alter the horse’s performance (Adams and Stashak, 2002). When it comes to enhancing performance and altering kinematics, toe-surface modifications are of key importance in the veterinary and farrier professions (Hüppler et al., 2016).


    Read More
    Arena-surfaces.jpg

    Shoeing Performance Horses for Synthetic Surfaces

    Strategies to keep equine athletes sound and comfortable during competition

    The study of synthetic footing remains the frontier of the sport horse industry. In my opinion, synthetic footing is the sporthorse farrier’s greatest challenge. There is little scientific data available to guide farriers. Mostly, we have our own experiences and those of our colleagues to what works and doesn’t work for horses that are performing on synthetic surfaces.


    Read More
    Thrush example

    How to Prevent and Treat Thrush in Horse Hooves

    Foot trimming basics can reduce the risk of anaerobic bacterial infections
    Proportionally speaking, the frog is close to one of the smallest structures in the equine body. Yet, despite its size, it plays a central role in maintaining healthy, sound horses. A healthy frog shares in the load-bearing function of the hoof and absorbs concussion each time the hoof contacts the ground.
    Read More
  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: March 2022

    • Sure Footing
    • References for Stephen Teichman's Research
    • Gain more insight on heart-bar horseshoes
    • Gain more insight from Stuart Muir
    • Identify and Treat Thrush
    • Steve Stanley's Shop

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