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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 the Horse Shaped Horseshoes

From transportation to the show ring, the changing role of the horse and industry influenced the production of horseshoes
American Farriers Journal has been a valuable tool to farriers for over 4 decades. In each issue of the magazine this year is featured an article looking back at a moment during that time frame. As we reflect on this history, I find myself thinking about the history of another, essential farrier tool: the horseshoe.
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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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MVP's Farrier Services Tackles Hoof Concerns Across Disciplines

Laminitis, a coffin bone fracture and navicular syndrome are among the shoeing scenarios encountered during a typical day for this farrier team
The second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was in Chicago — about 60 miles southeast of Marengo, Ill., home and headquarters of MVP’s Farrier Service, Inc. Like in many other states, it was around mid-March that the governor issued a disaster proclamation. First schools and dine-in restaurants were closed and restrictions were imposed on large-group gatherings. Eventually, this gave way to a shelter-in-place order.
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Briefings: September/October 2020

Study Links Bone Loss to Proximal Sesamoid Bone Fractures in California Racehorses A recent study by Sarah Shaffer, International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame member Dr. Susan Stover and colleagues at the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine sought to characterize bone abnormalities that precede proximal sesamoid bone (PSB) fractures and determine if pre-existing abnormalities are associated with these fractures.
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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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Shop Talk: July/August 2020

Two farriers, Lee Collins and Peter Day, recently co-authored a paper that was published in The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. The paper, which is titled “The Effect on Tungsten Road Nails on Locomotor Biomechanics in Horses Moving on Tarmac Surface,” examines how road nails impact the horse’s movement symmetry.
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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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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.

Anvil Brand Clinic: February 2018

Hall Of Fame farrier Billy Crothers demonstrated a number of forging and shoeing techniques designed to improve efficiency in your hoof-care practice at the annual Anvil Brand Shoeing Co. winter clinic in Lexington, Ill.

2017 World Horseshoeing Classic Photo Gallery

Photos from the 2017 World Horseshoeing Classic held at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School (KHS) in Richmond, Ky.

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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A Day With World Class Farrier Bobby Menker

Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital
39151 Delafield Rd.
Oconomowoc, WI
United States
Contact: Tricia Kasten
Wisconsin Equine Clinic is hosting a clinic in Oconomowoc. Read More

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"Back to the Basics" Clinic

8/11/17
Strain Equine Services, LLC
17041 158th St
Bonner Springs, KS
United States
Contact: Brett Jeschke
Strain Equine Services, LLC, will host a 2-day clinic with Mark Caldwell, AWCF, Aug. 11-12, 2017, in Bonner Springs, Kan. Read More

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Therapeutic Shoeing For Athletic Equines Clinic

9/27/17
Kleider Veterinary Services
8036 232 Street
Canada
Contact: Lexy Mills
Kleider Veterinary Services is hosting a clinic in Langley, British Columbia.  Read More

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Centaur Forge Clinic

10/7/17
Centaur Forge
117 N. Spring Street
Burlington, WI
United States
Contact: Centaur Forge
Centaur Forge is hosting a clinic with Myron McLane, CJF, in Burlington, Wis. Read More

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Shoeing For Soundness Clinic

10/20/17
Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing
400 Lewis Rd.
Gadsden, AL
United States
Contact: Tom McNew
Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center and Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing are hosting a clinic in Gadsden, Ala. Read More

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How Ground Conditions Effect Horses And Shoeing Techniques For Different Types of Footing Clinic

10/30/17
Yoder Blacksmith Supply
8900 Township Road 652
Fredricksburg, OH
United States
Contact: Henry
Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center and Yoder Blacksmith Supply are hosting a clinic in Fredricksburg, Ohio. Read More

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Hammer-In

11/16/17
Purves Home
5760 Tipp Elizabeth Rd
Troy, OH
United States
Contact: Dave Purves CJF

The South Western Ohio Farriers Association will sponsor a Hammer-In in Troy, Ohio.

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Hammer-In

12/22/17
Hoyle Home
1432 Jasper Rd.
Xenia, OH
United States
Contact: Kenny Hoyle
The Southwestern Ohio Farriers Association will sponsor a Hammer-In in Xenia, Ohio. Read More

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Advanced Hoof Course

1/22/18
Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center
32100 N Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ
United States
Duplo Composite Horseshoes and Keystone Performance Horses are sponsoring a clinic in Cave Creek. Read More

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Shoeing For Traction With Alan Cooley

3/1/18
Synergy Farm & Forge
8745 McCaffrey Trail
Canada
Contact: Mark Struthers
The Ontario Farriers Association is hosting a clinic in Ashton, Ontario. Read More

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