Trimming

Learn valuable how-to tips, advice and techniques from farriers around the world on how they trim their clients’ horses.

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Research Journal: July/August 2020

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Swiss researchers surveyed 133 Icelandic competition horses at four international horse shows to assess the relationships between hoof size, shape and balance, and the occurrence of hoof pathology and athletic performance. Measurements and radiographs of the left front and hind hooves were taken at the competitions with additional measurements made from the radiographs at a later date.
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Pressure Plate Analysis Measures Dynamic Weight Distribution

Ghent University researcher’s findings can influence trimming and shoeing for individual hoof-care cases
Human medicine and athletic stores rely on visual maps to recommend orthotics or sneaker styles based on a person’s gait. Pressure plates measure how an individual distributes their weight as they walk or run and converts that data into a graphic interpretation. That information is used to pair the right support or shoe style for specific gait pattern or abnormality to reduce the risk for injury.
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Research Journal: May/June 2020

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Led by a scientist at Michigan State University, a team of researchers evaluated the effects of a dietary supplement containing resveratrol and the amino acid leucine on insulin dysregulation in horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). Fifteen horses with naturally occurring EMS were treated for 6 weeks with weight, body condition and several metabolic factors, including insulin levels, measured following an oral sugar test both before and after treatment with the supplement.
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Maryland Farrier’s Toe Length Protocol Keeps Show Horses in Top Form

Tape measure, dividers and hoof protractor help maintain proper foot parameters
The most important tool of the farrier trade is the mind’s eye. Developing a highly trained eye is the key to consistently bringing horses’ feet to their proper parameters. There are three tools that, if used correctly, have the potential to not only speed up the development process, they can also confirm everything your eye is telling you, regardless of skill set.
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Shoeing During a Pandemic

Iowa farrier observes an unexpected uptick in his local business as equine enthusiasts stay home and ride
Even living in rural Iowa, our lives have certainly been affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, but perhaps not to the extent of areas where populations are much denser. Our schools are closed, as are many businesses; however, Iowa is not under a stay-at-home order — at least not as I write this in early April.
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Joint Practitioner Educational Clinics: Win-Win for Clients and Their Horses

Case discussion builds camaraderie and helps reinforce professional boundaries
One Friday a month, 30 farriers in western Pennsylvania gather at Allegheny Equine Practice. At least one, often two, lame horses are awaiting them. A veterinarian performs a lameness exam and explains the steps involved. The horses are blocked and radiographs are taken.
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Farrier Discussion of High-Low Syndrome

Farriers share insight on high-low horses by looking at a case prior to trimming.
Horses presenting high-low syndrome is a common management issue for farriers. And as with other challenges in farriery, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in addressing the problem. Particularly with this syndrome, there are many variants or forms, and the farrier must also factor in many other variables beyond what is presented in the feet to improve the outcome for the horse.
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26 Tips from the 2020 Summit Roundtables

Farriers and veterinarians tap into collective wisdom at the International Hoof-Care Summit Roundtables
The 17th annual International Hoof-Care Summit drew farriers and equine veterinarians to Cincinnati, Ohio, for 4 days of footcare education. With a theme of "Focus on Hoof Care for a Healthier Horse," the Summit demonstrated why it’s truly international with attendees and exhibitors representing 21 countries.
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Wisconsin Equine Clinic

Lexington, Ky., farrier Bobby Menker discusses everyday performance horse shoeing during a hoof-care clinic at Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis.

2016 International Hoof-Care Summit

Take a sneak peek into a sampling of what 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees experienced at our 13th annual event.

EVENTS

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Crossroads Farrier Supply Clinic

4/8/19
Crossroads Farrier Supply
67 Rollins Ln
Louisa, VA
United States
Contact: Anita Leckie
Crossroads Farrier Supply is hosting a clinic in Louisa. Read More

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Indiana Farriers' Association Fall Clinic

11/1/19
Janssen Veterinary Clinic
2420 W. 236 St.
Sheridan, IN
United States
Contact: Mark O'Brien
The Indiana Farriers' Association will conduct its fall clinic Nov. 1, 2019, at Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, Ind. Billy Crothers will be the clinician. Read More

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Rock ’n’ Roll — A discussion of Breakover in Sport Horses

12/13/19
Synergy Farm & Forge
8745 McCaffrey Trail
Canada
Synergy Farm & Forge will host Rock ’n’ Roll — A discussion of Breakover in Sport Horses. The clinician is Brian Mullins. Read More

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Clinic day for farriers and veterinarians

2/15/20
University of Montreal
3200 rue Sicotte Saint-Hyacinthe
Canada
The faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal will host a clinic day for farriers at veterinaries. The clinician is Dr. Steve O'Grady. Read More

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Wyoming Professional Farriers Assn. Clinic

7/18/20
Troy Ehrmantraut's Shop
Sheridan, WY
United States
Contact: Troy Erhmantraut
The Wyoming Professional Farriers Assn., will host a clinic July 18, 2020, at Troy Erhmantraut's shop in Sheridan, Wyo. The clinician is Jim Quick. Read More

Missouri Association of Professional Farriers Clinic

8/22/20
Mike Norris' barn
28415 S. Famuliner Rd.
Garden City, MO
United States
The Missouri Association of Professional Farriers is hosting a shoeing and dissection clinic at 9 a.m. CST on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Garden City, Mo. Cody Gregory will be the clinician. Read More

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Indiana Farrier's Assn. Fall Clinic

9/25/20
Janssen Veterinary Clinic
2420 W. 236 St.
Sheridan, IN
United States
Contact: Dion O'Brien

The Indiana Farrier's Assn. will conduct its fall clinic Sept. 25, at Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, Ind. Craig Lesser will be the clinician.

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Grant Moon Clinic

10/17/20
UF/IFAS Horse Teaching Unit
1934 SW 63rd Ave.
Gainesville, FL
United States
Contact: Shane Allen
The Florida State Farrier's Association is hosting a clinic Oct. 17, 2020, at UF/IFAS Horse Teaching Unit in Gainesville, Fla. The clinician is Grant Moon. Read More

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