American Farriers Journal

AFJ Jan/Feb 2016

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January/February 2016

Volume: 42
Edition: 1

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

    The Black, White And Gray Of Ethics

    There are situations that are so clearly split between right and wrong that there is no question as to what the ethical decision should be. A classic example is finding a lost wallet containing identification and money. The ethical person returns it to the owner; the unethical person does not.
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    A Friend To Everyone In early November, I attended the 38th annual clinic at Danny Ward’s shop (“It All Started Because Someone Wanted To Show Off A Shoeing Truck,” Dec. 2015). Like every year, it was well-attended and featured excellent clinicians.
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    Briefings

    Preparation Is Everything When Casting A Foot Stephensville, Texas, equine veterinarian John Janicek told attendees of the American Association of Equine Professionals (AAEP) annual convention that it is imperative to have all your materials organized and ready when casting a foot or limb. Be aware of water temperature that you will soak the casting material in, as the warmer the water, the quicker the material will set. He’ll typically soak the casting material for about 10 seconds prior to application.
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    Plenty Of Arguments For And Against Licensing

    As some push for regulation, the courts and the White House eye limits

    Although there’s a considerable debate being waged over farrier licensing, it’s not an argument that’s unique to this industry.

    A number of industries, courts, lawmakers and bureaucrats have been busy sorting through the profusion of perspectives and disputes — and dispensing a few of their own along the way. Much of the information gleaned from these cases and research directly apply to farriery.


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    What It Took to Make American Pharoah Go

    Customizing a half plate shoe to protect a bruise paid off for the Triple Crown winner
    Wes Champagne did such a good job of shoeing American Pharoah that the colt’s feet rarely made the news. As American Pharoah raced into immortality by becoming the first Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner in 37 years and then adding the Breeders’ Cup Classic win, no one outside of trainer Bob Baffert’s barn probably even thought about his horseshoes.
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    Shoeing for a Living

    Farrier’s Success Comes Through Diversity

    By not focusing on particular disciplines, Arizona farrier Chad Lunderville has been able to grow his footcare practice over the past 20 years
    During the 10 years of his childhood living on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Chad Lunderville had a clearer path for working with cows than horses. Tired of the brutal winters that hampered the dairy operation, his family moved back to Arizona, where horses gained the younger Lunderville’s attention.
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    Farrier Q&A: What are you looking for when you watch a horse walk/trot prior to shoeing? How does the horse’s job factor into your gait analysis?

    A: On routine visits where I have a prior history with the horse, the first thing I ask the client is how has the horse been traveling/going? Has there been anything different? Is there something that should be discussed that would require jogging the horse? If everything is normal, then I do not jog the horse.
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    Booknotes: A Super Reference For Every Farrier’s Bookshelf

    Scientific Horseshoeing (A reprint of the extremely rare 1906 ninth edition) By Professor William Russell
    This 384-page work by Professor Russell has been a source of valid information for farriers for nearly 140 years. Hardly an article or research paper is written today without containing some reference to his work. That in itself speaks to the necessity of every farrier having this book on his or her bookshelf.
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    Considerations For Successful Management Of Underrun Heels

    Two veterinarians and a farrier survey considerations for addressing this foot condition
    The principle that a veterinarian-farrier team is required to help horses maintain soundness, maximize performance and overcome lamenesses is undeniable. It is a balance of knowledge, skill and an understanding of the other member’s responsibilities, as well as your own. At the early December American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention, the coordination of these efforts was showcased in a podiatry workshop that called on veterinarians and farriers to discuss the management of a variety of equine foot conditions that hoof-care professionals commonly face. Among these subjects were presentations on the veterinary and farriery roles in addressing underrun heels.
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    Give the Frog Proper Attention

    Illinois farrier spends a lot of time examining and trimming the frog, and for good reason
    What consideration do you give to trimming the frog? “I think we overlook it,” Danville, Ill., farrier Steve Sermersheim told attendees at the D.L. Schwartz Farrier Supply clinic in October. “I used to overlook it. I would just trim the frog and go on.”
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    Shoptalk: AAPF Awards Inaugural Roy Bloom Scholarships

    A pair of farriers earned a trip to the 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit after the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) awarded them Roy Bloom Scholarships.

    Ashley Gasky of Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Deanna Stoppler of Fairfax, Vt., were recognized as the inaugural scholarship winners in mid-December after fulfilling several application requirements:


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    Local Spotlight: Horseshoe Barn Clinic Dissects Anatomy

    Functional anatomy discussion focused on increasing farrier understanding of the inside of the foot for more informed trimming and shoeing decisions

    The theme of the 2015 annual fall clinic at the Horseshoe Barn in Sacramento, Calif., focused on looking beyond the surface of the hoof and considering the anatomical structures and systems that affect and are affected by the way farriers trim and shoe horses’ hooves.


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    Research Journal: January/Febreuary 2016

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

    Hoof Balance Of Toed-In Horses

    Veterinarians in Belgium examined the dorsopalmar and mediolateral hoof balance of five toed-in warmbloods that weren’t lame at the time of the study. They used a pressure plate to assess the symmetry of vertical ground reaction forces as a measure of hoof balance and limb loading symmetry at a walk. Their hypothesis was that toed-in conformation primarily affects mediolateral balance.


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  • Featured Articles

    Featured Articles

    The Black, White And Gray Of Ethics

    There are situations that are so clearly split between right and wrong that there is no question as to what the ethical decision should be. A classic example is finding a lost wallet containing identification and money. The ethical person returns it to the owner; the unethical person does not.
    Read More
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    What It Took to Make American Pharoah Go

    Customizing a half plate shoe to protect a bruise paid off for the Triple Crown winner
    Wes Champagne did such a good job of shoeing American Pharoah that the colt’s feet rarely made the news. As American Pharoah raced into immortality by becoming the first Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner in 37 years and then adding the Breeders’ Cup Classic win, no one outside of trainer Bob Baffert’s barn probably even thought about his horseshoes.
    Read More
    LEAD_392_SFL_Chad_Lunderville_JM_1015.jpg
    Shoeing for a Living

    Farrier’s Success Comes Through Diversity

    By not focusing on particular disciplines, Arizona farrier Chad Lunderville has been able to grow his footcare practice over the past 20 years
    During the 10 years of his childhood living on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Chad Lunderville had a clearer path for working with cows than horses. Tired of the brutal winters that hampered the dairy operation, his family moved back to Arizona, where horses gained the younger Lunderville’s attention.
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  • Digital Edition

    Digital Edition

  • Online Extras

    Online Extras

    Online Extras: January/February 2016 Issue

    Web-exclusive content for this issue includes:

    • A historical look at farrier licensing.
    • Improving your success at shoeing with farrier Wes Champagne.
    • Videos with Chad Lunderville discussing cold shaping horseshoes and thrushy feet.
    • Advice from farriers and equine vets on gait analysis.
    • Insight on club feet, sheared heels and mismatched feet that you can use in your everyday practice.
    • Quick tips on farrier basics.
    • 200 best-of-the-best "Farrier Takeaways."
    • Equine nutrition advice from Darren Owen and Jessica Normand.
    • Online Hoof-Care Classroom: Shoeing The Club-Footed Horse.

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    Farrier Quick Takes

    [Video] Thrushy Feet In Arizona

    Rio Rico, Ariz., farrier Chad Lunderville discusses the misconceptions some people have about thrush in the American Southwest, and how he deals with tough cases.
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    Q&A: Gait Analysis

    Q: What are you looking for when you watch a horse walk/trot prior to shoeing? How does the horse’s job factor into your gait analysis?
    What are you looking for when you watch a horse walk/trot prior to shoeing? How does the horse’s job factor into your gait analysis?
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    50 Best Farrier Takeaways of 2012

    A look back at some of the top tips that hoof-care professionals shared in the pages of AFJ during the past year
    Farriers need to market their knowledge of horses and horsemanship. A few years ago, we began adding a boxed list of important points to many of the feature stories that appear in American Farriers Journal.
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    50 Best Farrier Takeaways of 2013

    For several years, we’ve been adding a boxed list of important points to many of the feature articles that appear in American Farriers Journal. We call these points, “Farrier Takeaways.
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    50 Best Of 2014 FARRIER TAKEAWAYS

    Here’s a look back at the top ideas that hoof-care professionals shared in the pages of American Farriers Journal during the past year
    Farrier Quick Takes

    [Video] Equine Hoof Nutrition

    Suffolk, Va., farrier Darren Owen offers strategies that have worked for him in educating novice horse owners about "feeding the hoof."
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