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Is Longeing Good: A Farrier's Perspective

Going in a circle may not be the best training or exercise procedure for an animal, especially one weighing a thousand pounds or greater
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.
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A Farrier’s Legacy

Passing on your hoof-care knowledge leaves an indelible mark on the industry

It occurred to me a long time ago that no matter how diligent you are in your work, no matter how much energy you put into improving your skills and enlarging your knowledge of the trade, 6 weeks after you put down the last foot with one of your shoes on it, there will no longer be any physical sign of what you did for a career. 

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Alert Clients to Signs of Potential Underlying Issues

This collaboration for intervention has become more necessary as more novice owners have entered the industry.

In many cases, the farrier sees the horse more frequently than the veterinarian. Because of this, the farrier often can serve as an advocate for the horse and alert the owner when the horse exhibits signs that indicate a need for veterinary intervention. owners have entered the industry, and lacking the horsemanship to recognize these cues.

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Earning Your Clients’ Trust is Equally Important to Educating Them

Before you start working with a horse owner, explain your expectations for the job

Dave Farley, a farrier based in Wellington, Fla., started a practice decades ago to improve farrier-client communication and understanding. In the 1980s, he began sending his clients a yearly newsletter in early January. The contents of this newsletter could include product usage changes, tips for properly cleaning hoofs or life/business updates, but uniquely, the newsletter also included the price changes Farley was going to enact for the coming year for his services.

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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.


Live Sponsored Event

Laminitis and Founder Clinic

Hampton Inn & Suites
3550 Ember Ln.
Billings, MT
United States
Contact: Jim Rennie
Rennie’s Horseshoeing is hosting a farrier, veterinarian, trainer and horse owner clinic April 8, 2022, at Hampton Inn and Montana Equine in Billings, Mont. The clinician is Travis Burns, FWCF, CJF (TE, EE), APF-I. Read More

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