The use of pads in various shoeing applications can quickly become a controversial topic. While many people recognize the potential benefits of using pads, others have had off-putting experiences that left them opposed to their use.
Between the sound horses that have no special shoeing considerations and the obviously lame horses needing serious intervention, there rests a unique subset of horses that require a special approach to shoeing — underperforming horses.
For nearly 10 years at the International Hoof-Care Summit, VICTORY has sponsored a challenge with the Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise. For the 2023 Summit, judge Craig Trnka selected a diamond-toe, reverse wedge hind shoe.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a report in April 2000 on the frequency and effect of equine lameness. The data for the report was collated over a 2-year (1997-1999) period, monitored and in collaboration with more than 28 states.
In my career, the way horses have been worked has changed significantly. One trainer I worked for would only work a horse in a circle if it had a bitting rig on (to keep them more straight), or lines and only at a walk or very slow trot.
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.
The Oklahoma Farriers Association will hold an American Farrier’s Association pre-certification clinic from March 27-31, 2023, in Minco, Okla. The instructors are Mark Thorkildson, CJF, AWCF, and Dusty Franklin, CJF, AWCF, ASF.
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