American Farriers Journal

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November 2015

Volume: 41
Edition: 7

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

    Frank Lessiter
    Frankly Speaking

    A True Gentleman Farrier

    Six days after we purchased the American Farriers Journal in January of 1992, Advertising Manager Alice Musser and I showed up at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium. Among the first farriers who welcomed us to the industry was Red Renchin.
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    Briefings

    As a knifesmith, Matt Mauer receives many questions about hoof knives. The one he receives the most regarding upkeep is, “What angle should I sharpen my knife?” Mauer, a farrier based in Argyle, Wis., says that is a hard question to answer because the angle of the tool is individual among users.
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    What Would You Charge?

    Here’s how 144 hoof-care pros priced the trimming and shoeing for 20 types of horses
    Ever wonder how you compare price-wise with other farriers when it comes to work that ranges all the way from a simple trim to complicated shoeing jobs?
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    Red Renchin

    Remembering Red Renchin

    Friends and colleagues celebrate the Hall Of Fame farrier’s life and his generosity to the industry
    The farrier industry lost a mentor and true gentleman when Red Renchin unexpectedly passed away on Aug. 29, 2015. The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame farrier and technical editor of American Farriers Journal was 70 years old.
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    Before The Big Race, It’s Business As Usual

    Building a plan and adjusting as needed has led to success on the harness track for farrier-trainer team
    One client. How many full-time farrier practices are sustained by working for a single client? Very few are, and not very many would want this arrangement. Instead, most practices are financially protected by working for dozens of clients. If one client leaves, there are others still on the book that will provide income.
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    Considerations For Launching A Multi-Farrier Practice

    Veteran Florida farrier James Gilchrist provides lessons he learned from building a multi-farrier practice
    The way James Gilchrist views it, we’re members of various teams throughout our lives. Your family is a team. If you worship as a member of a church, the congregation is another team. Because of this viewpoint, it is no surprise that the veteran shoer from Wellington, Fla., says the team is the basis of success within a multi-farrier practice.
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    Log Your Way To Greater Savings

    While you may already deduct your vehicle expenses and mileage, are you doing so correctly?
    Owning your business has a lot of benefits. Along with these benefits come several costs incurred as a part of daily operations. One of the largest and most necessary is the daily upkeep and maintenance of our vehicle. Fortunately, we can offset these costs by deducting daily driving and fuel costs from our taxes.
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    Is The Saddle The Problem?

    Understanding general principles can help farriers confirm or eliminate causes of lameness
    As farriers, we are aware that poor fitting horseshoes can cause discomfort and lameness in horses. Unfortunately, many farriers do not realize that poor fitting saddles can cause lameness, gait faults, shoeing problems and even personality problems.
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    Keeping Beamer Comfortable

    Wisconsin farrier helps horse with an extra hoof wall stave off laminitis
    Beamer’s bald face pokes out from his stall door at Norberg Farm in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and watches as Todd Gillis approaches. The 19-year-old Bay looks like any other well-behaved Quarter Horse. His ears are forward, he’s curious and sociable.
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    Moving Your Farrier Practice

    Months-long planning increases likelihood of success and lowers stress when you need to move your farrier practice
    Unlike many other jobs, moving a farrier practice to a new area is not a cut-and-dry process. In the corporate white-collar world, moving to a new location may not be an easy choice, but the process is easily coordinated. Whether these workers take a new job or are transferred, many companies will cover moving expenses. Perhaps more importantly, the new job and its salary are awaiting the worker in the new town.
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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    Considerations For Launching A Multi-Farrier Practice

    Veteran Florida farrier James Gilchrist provides lessons he learned from building a multi-farrier practice
    The way James Gilchrist views it, we’re members of various teams throughout our lives. Your family is a team. If you worship as a member of a church, the congregation is another team. Because of this viewpoint, it is no surprise that the veteran shoer from Wellington, Fla., says the team is the basis of success within a multi-farrier practice.
    Read More
    Red Renchin

    Remembering Red Renchin

    Friends and colleagues celebrate the Hall Of Fame farrier’s life and his generosity to the industry
    The farrier industry lost a mentor and true gentleman when Red Renchin unexpectedly passed away on Aug. 29, 2015. The International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame farrier and technical editor of American Farriers Journal was 70 years old.
    Read More
    Frank Lessiter
    Frankly Speaking

    A True Gentleman Farrier

    Six days after we purchased the American Farriers Journal in January of 1992, Advertising Manager Alice Musser and I showed up at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium. Among the first farriers who welcomed us to the industry was Red Renchin.
    Read More
  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: November 2015 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • A collection of memories about the late Red Renchin.
    • Farrier concerns about the development of the Veterinary Equine Podiatry Group.
    • Conny Svensson provides insight on some different shoeing ideas he brought from Scandinavian style for how he shoes harness horses in the U.S.
    • Video with James Gilchrist describing his multi-farrier practice
    • Video of farrier Todd Gillis trimming and shoeing Beamer, a Quarter Horse with a swollen leg and two hoof walls.
    • Resources to help you properly manage your money and protect your business financially.
    • Tips for novice horse owners on providing the ideal work space.

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    Web-Exclusive Feature

    Remembering Red Renchin

    Friends and colleagues celebrate the Hall of Fame farrier’s life and his generosity to the industry
    Friends and colleagues celebrate the Hall of Fame farrier’s life and his generosity to the industry.
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    Web-Exclusive Feature

    Most Farriers Skeptical Of VEPG

    Although there’s no one reason the question of standards and regulation within the United States farrier trade has been raised, the development of the Veterinary Equine Podiatry Group has no doubt played a role.
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