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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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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Improve Recognition of Hoof Distortion by Drawing One

Graphing exercise can help farriers improve their trim
When it comes to horses’ feet, we know that they are constantly growing forward. With that in mind, we need to have an idea of where we are going when we trim a foot. Everyone can visualize a foot in their head. What are you used to seeing? Is the foot symmetrical? Is it proportional?
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Building Upon a Foundation of Sound Farriery

C-Cross Farriers advocate for the horse and each other for a successful multi-farrier practice
A multi-farrier practice was not on Jason Critton’s radar 10 years ago when he was thumbing through the pages of the May/June issue of American Farriers Journal. In fact, it was a foreign concept.
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Horse Conformation Determines Best Trimming and Shoeing Approaches

Farriers should abandon one-size fits all solutions to navicular
During my shoeing career I have recognized that the common and consistent shoeing prescription of egg-bar shoes and wedge pads is not beneficial for all horses diagnosed with navicular. In some horses this protocol provides temporary relief, after which the condition can worsen. In other horses, there is no improvement.
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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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Meredith Manor Spring Clinic

4/23/20
Meredith Manor Equestrian Centre
147 Saddle Lane
Waverly, WV
United States
Contact: Janie Crothers
Meredith Manor will host its spring clinic April 23-24, 2020, at the Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre. Esco Buff is the clinician. Read More

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