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2 Honored for Lifetime Hoof-Care Accomplishments

Horseshoer/educator and veterinarian researcher are selected by their peers for top honors
To honor their remarkable careers in hoof care, Virginia farrier, Paul Goodness, who passed away in 2020, and California-based equine veterinarian Babak Faramarzi were voted into the American Farriers Journal Halls of Fame.
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Research Journal: March 2021

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

Laminitis is the Most Common Reason for Horse Euthanasia


A 2-year prospective survey examined  the rate of euthanasia and factors associated with euthanasia among  1,070 horses and ponies in Great Britain. This analysis was part of a  larger study of laminitis that enrolled owners of healthy animals who  responded via a web-based survey. Most respondents owned one to three  animals for an average of about 7 years. Native pony breeds were most  common and while most owners (60%) reported their animals were in ideal  body condition, a third of the animals enrolled had a previous history  of laminitis.

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How Horseshoe Modifications Change Pressure Distribution at the Hoof’s Weight-Bearing Surface

Research suggests compromises to counteract unintended side effects of therapeutic applications
Today’s veterinarians and farriers are confronted with a huge variety of orthopedic horseshoes that either have been developed over long periods or are modernly fashioned. The application of orthopedic horseshoes traditionally has been a therapeutic option to treat certain hoof disorders and other causes of lameness, so that knowledge about their effects on the hoof remains important.
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Congratulations to the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Horseshoer/educator and veterinarian researcher are selected by their peers for top honors

The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor farriers around the world who have made significant contributions to the profession. The International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor veterinarians who have contributed to the knowledge and recognition of proper hoof care for horses. Current Hall of Fame members vote on inductees each year. A link to the nomination form can be found at

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Tips for Tuning Punches

Arkansas farrier and American Farriers Team member Adam Fahr explains his approach to maintaining this critical tool
If you are a horseshoer, you may have found that sometimes you wreck your tools. Proper maintenance will enable some tools to last longer and work better. In the case of the punch, the key is to not let it deteriorate too much before you redress it. Ideally, you won’t let it get to the point where it mushrooms out — although that certainly happens.
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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.



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


"Back to the Basics" Clinic

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


Therapeutic Shoeing For Athletic Equines Clinic

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


Centaur Forge Clinic

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


Shoeing For Soundness Clinic

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


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

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



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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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


Advanced Hoof Course

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


Shoeing For Traction With Alan Cooley

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

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