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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Battle Winter Moisture Woes with Nutrition

Improve hoof quality with supplements and shorter shoeing cycles
As summer gives way to fall, the diets of your clients’ horses change with the seasons. Hoof quality often transitions with it. Once winter arrives in cold climates, protecting the foot becomes increasingly challenging. Horses are often turned out in snow and mud where their hooves absorb moisture. Those with poor hoof quality become a playground for opportunistic bacteria. Improving the nutrition of a horse with compromised horn can play a part in preventing problems heading into the winter months.
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How Trimming Methods Influence Equine Gait and Load

Leipzig University study finds that hoof-care techniques should be tailored to the individual horse’s needs
The main goals of hoof trimming are to promote the soundness of the hooves and the limbs, support the biomechanical efficiency, and maintain the functionality of the equine foot.1,2 During motion, in particular, it is of importance to optimize forces acting on the hoof to maintain structural integrity and function of the equine toe. However, there is no agreement on how to achieve these goals.
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Hoof Health Hinges on Dynamic Climates

Ever-changing environment can leave your clients’ horses struggling to adapt
After a client invests $40,000 on footing for their arena, it’s hard — maybe impossible — to convince them it’s ruining their horse’s feet. Uxbridge, Ontario, farrier Dave Dawson had a client express concern that their horses were frequently tripping and stumbling.
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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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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

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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

Equine Leg Dissection

10/24/20
C&M Farrier Supply
17890 TX-105
Conroe, TX
United States
C&M Farrier Supply will host an equine leg dissection at 9 a.m. Oct. 24, 2020, at its supply shop in Conroe, Texas. Read More

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Meredith Manor Farrier Clinic

11/6/20
Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
147 Saddle Lane
Waverly, WV
United States
Contact: Esco Buff
Meredith Manor hosts a 2-day clinic Nov. 6-7, 2020, at its International Equestrian Centre in Waverly, W.Va. Esco Buff is the clinician. Read More

G.E. Forge & Tool Clinic

11/7/20
Well-Shod
305 N. Arthur
Amarillo, TX
United States
Well-Shod is hosting a G.E. Forge & Tool clinic at its supply shop in Amarillo, Texas. Chris and Cody Gregory are the clinicians. Read More

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