American Farriers Journal

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May/June 2015

Volume: 41
Edition: 4
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

    Frankly Speaking

    Retirement Is In The Works For One Of Our AFJ Staffers

    In January of 1986, my wife, Pam, and I interviewed Alice Musser for the position of trade show coordinator with our family publishing company. We had a turnover in this position only 6 weeks before the next late-winter show. We quickly learned that there were many loose ends that hadn’t been taken care of for this upcoming event that included 225 trade show booths and 1,800 attendees.
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    Shoeing For A Living

    Finding Success In Simplicity

    Organization, tough choices and hard work help Missouri farrier to excel
    Keep it simple. It’s a popular adage, particularly among farriers. Ironically enough, keeping it simple isn’t really simple at all. Simplicity is the result of organization, tough choices and hard work. Yet, once it’s achieved, the rewards are plentiful.
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    Thoughts On Medial-Lateral Balance

    Colorado farrier Jim Quick shares food for thought on trimming and shoeing for a balanced foot
    If you go to a Jim Quick clinic expecting him to dictate how you should shoe a horse, you’re at the wrong clinic. Instead, the Niwot, Colo., farrier says his purpose is to not give instructions to tell other farriers how to shoe, but to share his thoughts on how he does the job. Quick did just that at Bruce Daniels Memorial Clinic in early April when he suggested points of consideration regarding medial-lateral balance.
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    Remembering Hank McEwan

    The legacy of this horseshoer will live on through the work of the many farriers he taught and inspired
    On March 29, Hank McEwan of Merritt, British Columbia, passed away, leaving behind a legacy of horseshoeing and farrier students. He often is referred to as the father of Canadian farriery and was one of the founding members of the Western Canadian Farrier’s Association (WCFA) and the American Farrier’s Association.
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    Is There A Link Between Limb Length Disparity And Asymmetrical Feet?

    A study measured the hooves of a small group of horses used in a previous study that examined limb length disparity
    A commonly encountered anomaly when the front feet of the horse are compared is the occurrence of two differently shaped and sized front feet, which can be defined as so-called “uneven” feet1. Frequently the smaller hoof will be quite differently shaped from its partner, with more growth height occurring at the heels and converging compression marks occurring midway on the anterior hoof wall (Figure 1).
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    In The Shop

    Vultures, Horseshoes And Everything In-Between

    A visit to Indiana farrier Tom Willoughby’s shop gives insight to how practicing ornamental blacksmithing can translate to forging skills with horseshoes
    More so than any predecessor, Facebook has connected people who have never met in person or likely ever will. One person who has thousands of friends, many of whom he has yet to shake hands with, is Crown Point, Ind., farrier Tom Willoughby.
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    Be Part Of The Farriers Spotlight

    We’re looking for more pictures and stories of our favorite hard workers for the 17th annual National Farriers Week
    Farriers work hard year-round to provide quality hoof care for horses worldwide. Although we hope appreciation is shown all year long, each year we set aside a week dedicated to honoring your work. The 17th annual National Farriers Week, sponsored by American Farriers Journal, will take place from July 5-11, 2015.
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    Remembering Joe Kutz

    A farrier until the end, the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member will be remembered by many for his dedication to his peers and the industry
    International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame farrier Joe Kutz of St. Louis, Mo., passed away on March 17. After a long horseshoeing career that began in 1943, Kutz always stressed the importance of doing what you love.
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    Sheared Heels And The Correlation To A Quarter Crack

    A quarter crack repair will be of little value unless the cause of the defect is not identified and rectified
    The strong association between sheared heels and a spontaneous quarter crack is hard to ignore. Although inappropriate farriery may play a role, limb conformation and the landing pattern of the horse appear to be the dominant factors causing this type of hoof capsule deformation.
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    Giving Your Opinion For A Pre-Purchase Exam

    It is important to reserve your opinions on a horse specifically related to its footcare
    Before purchasing a horse, it is common for buyers to contact a veterinarian for advice on the animal prior to the sale. Wise buyers also will seek the expertise of a farrier during the evaluation. After all, farriers are the ultimate experts on the hooves and these days it is increasingly important for owners to understand the hoof health in relation to the rest of the horse.
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    Shop Talk

    Erin Baayen Joins The American Farriers Journal Staff

    Already experienced in the equine foot-care market, Erin Baayen recently joined the American Farriers Journal and International Hoof-Care Summit advertising and marketing staff. As Senior Account Executive, she will be working closely on marketing issues in print, electronic, trade show and other media with farrier industry suppliers and readers across the country.
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    Where Does the Problem Originate?

    An extreme case of scoliosis and other issues provide a reminder to look beyond the feet and that conformation can limit what farriers can do to help a horse
    Many times our eyes are drawn to the feet of the horse, since this is our specialty as farriers. As we look at the feet, we might identify various issues that are going on.
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    Tool Tips From A Tool Master

    Wisconsin farrier Roy Bloom shares several quick tips for getting the most from the tools you use everyday
    If Drummond, Wis., farrier Roy Bloom is at a clinic, it’s a good bet that tools are going to come up. After all, the Hall Of Fame farrier and American Association of Professional Farriers/Canadian Association of Professional Farriers treasurer has built a reputation as a superior toolmaker.
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    Caudal Heel Pain & Navicular Syndrome

    Thinking more broadly about caudal heel pain, rather than focusing solely on the navicular bone, can help the hoof-care team develop an appropriate treatment
    When it comes to tackling caudal heel pain and navicular syndrome concerns, both farriers and vets got an in-depth lesson at a recent Iowa State University clinic on what the distinct differences can mean when treating horses with this ailment.
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    3 Things To Remember About Gas Forges

    Keeping a forge running its best isn’t hard, but can be easily ignored
    For Cliff Carroll, the complexity of footcare creates such a focus that sometimes the easiest things to prevent go unchecked. The owner of the Larkspur, Colo., supply shop bearing his name says farriers have to constantly think about the trim and the effects of the shoe application so something simple like efficiency with a gas forge is missed.
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    Spotlight On Hoof Care

    Horse Owner Education Clinic Helps Solidify Client/Farrier Relationships

    The Midwest Horseshoeing School’s horse owner clinic helped educate horse owners and bridge the gap between farrier knowledge and understanding their clients
    People don’t always have access to all of the information, or the information they find isn’t always accurate. With their horse owner clinic, the Midwest Horseshoeing School aimed to create a network between equine practitioners and horse owners to solidify the equine community in the area.
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    Research Journal

    A study with dairy calves was conducted to determine if exercise in a mixed terrain (grass, dirt and rocks) affects development of the digital cushion and pedal bones compared to less exercise in a grassy environment. Two-month-old animals were randomly placed into exercise and control groups. For 4 months, the exercise group was fed and watered at opposite ends of a half-mile long lane. Feeding was twice a day so the animals ran or walked briskly behind a feed truck 1 mile a day and walked leisurely to return to water 1 mile a day. After 4 months, the volume and surface areas of the digital cushion and the volumes of the short pastern and coffin bones were compared using magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Shoeing For A Living

    Finding Success In Simplicity

    Organization, tough choices and hard work help Missouri farrier to excel
    Keep it simple. It’s a popular adage, particularly among farriers. Ironically enough, keeping it simple isn’t really simple at all. Simplicity is the result of organization, tough choices and hard work. Yet, once it’s achieved, the rewards are plentiful.
    Read More

    Is There A Link Between Limb Length Disparity And Asymmetrical Feet?

    A study measured the hooves of a small group of horses used in a previous study that examined limb length disparity
    A commonly encountered anomaly when the front feet of the horse are compared is the occurrence of two differently shaped and sized front feet, which can be defined as so-called “uneven” feet1. Frequently the smaller hoof will be quite differently shaped from its partner, with more growth height occurring at the heels and converging compression marks occurring midway on the anterior hoof wall (Figure 1).
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: May/June 2015 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • Farrier Kyle Crawford discussing keeping an open mind
    • Video of Jim Quick building a heart bar
    • Marc Jerram's research and standardized method of calculating limb symmetry in pairs of forelimbs
    • Videos of farrier Pablo Calderon's working on a canker case
    • 2015 National Farriers Week Certificate
    • Article about the process for preserving equine specimens for long-term study
    • Physical restraints vs. chemical restraints

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    Quantifying Functional Limb Length Disparity In Horses

    This pilot study with five horses investigates a standardized method of calculating limb symmetry between pairs of forelimbs
    Asymmetry of the forelimbs of the horse is acknowledged as a common condition, which can result in asymmetric movement, abnormities of gait and even lameness. Limb length disparity (LLD) has been previously classified into two categories: structural and functional.
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    [Video] Pablo Calderon’s Canker Case

    California farrier Pablo Calderon shows a canker case he is dealing with and how he is treating it.
    California farrier Pablo Calderon shows a canker case he is dealing with and how he is treating it.
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