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In Memoriam

Hall of Fame Farrier Gordon Haight ‘Never stop learning’

American Saddlebred farrier’s legacy lives on with those he mentored
International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Gordon Haight of Eagle Point, Ore., passed away Sept. 10, 2019, as a result of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Haight was born in Hamilton, Ontario. His family moved from Canada to southern California when he was 13. He graduated from El Monte High School in 1962 where he met his wife Susan of 55 years. After high school he worked as a meat cutter.
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Changing Your Farrier Practice

Ohio farrier extends his career in spite of arthritis by transitioning to trims only
Kirk Underschultz has been a hoof-care professional since 1979 — a testament to his love of the work and devotion to his clients. But it wasn’t long ago that his future as a farrier seemed uncertain. Several years ago, Underschultz started experiencing painful arthritis in his fingers and wrists — the most critical tools of any farrier.
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Indiana farrier Cody Bogard shares his strategy for increasing hoof-care clients

Hiring a dedicated marketing person lets farrier focus on the equine foot while growing his business
When Cicero, Ind., farrier Cody Bogard started shoeing a little over 10 years ago, his mentors told him not to worry about getting clients. He would have plenty of work in a couple of years if he did two things: show up on time and return phone calls.
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[Podcast] A Conversation with Travis Burns

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by HorseLinc, we're joined by Travis Burns about his work at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, his vision for the American Farrier’s Association and his path to becoming a farrier.
In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by HorseLinc, we're joined by Travis Burns about his work at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, his vision for the American Farrier’s Association and his path to becoming a farrier.
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Hoof Nutrition Intelligence

What are the major causes of laminitis concerns during the fall months?

Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than any other time of year. This is due to high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) occurring with cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both lead to elevated insulin levels. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by Banixx.
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Hoof Nutrition Intelligence

What role do fats and waxes play in the equine diet when it comes to hoof quality?

The outermost layer of the hoof wall (stratum externum, aka periople) contains a variety of fats and waxes, as does the “hard”/dead portion of the hoof wall. The stratum externum grows down from the epithelial cells of the periople, which are located below the coronary band. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by Banixx.
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IMAGE GALLERIES

2019 Forge of July

Farriers from around the country attended the third annual Forge of July in Shelbyville, Ky.

Andrew Neilson Forging

Oxford, Pa., farrier Andrew Neilson demonstrates how he packs his tools for forging contests.

2015 International Hoof-Care Summit

A record number of farriers and equine veterinarians soaked up 4 days of intense continuing footcare education at the 12th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2018 Colorado Classic

Chris and Cody Gregory of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., were the clinicians and judges of the 2018 Colorado Classic in Kremmling, Colo.

World Championship Blacksmiths event at the Goshen Stampede June 2018

World Championship Blacksmiths held its second competition of the season June 15-17, 2018, at the Goshen Stampede in Goshen, Conn. It was the first time that the WCB staged an event at the Goshen Stampede.

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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Virginia Certification

Via Shop
160 Mica Springs Ln.
Mineral, VA
United States
Contact: Carl Via
The Virginia Horseshoers Association is hosting a certification in Mineral. Read More

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Everyday Essential Horseshoe Modifications

3/25/17
Spanish Lake Blacksmith Farrier Supplies
2793 W Meyer Rd.
Foristell, MO
United States
Contact: Bob Schantz
Spanish Lake Blacksmith Farrier Supplies will host Everyday Essential Horseshoe Modifications clinic. Paul Skaggs will be the clinician. Read More

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Pennsylvania Professional Farriers Association Clinic

7/1/17
S&S Stables
375 Coffroath Rd.
Coatesville, PA
United States
Contact: Andrew Neilson CFJ

Pennsylvania Professional Farriers Association is hosting a precertification clinic in Coatesville, Pa.

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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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Vettec Hands-On Workshop

8/26/17
Green County Horseshoes
10711 Route 32
Greenville, NY
United States
Vettec is sponsoring a workshop in Greenville, NY.  Read More

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Forging With Craig Trnka, CFJ, Clinic

9/8/17
257 Goldrush Way
Chino Valley, AZ
United States
Contact: Shaun Woodsum
The Arizona State Farriers Association is hosting a clinic with Craig Trnka, CJF, in Chino Valley, Ariz.  Read More

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D&L Farm And Home Clinic

9/9/17
Aubrey, TX
United States
Contact: D&L Farm and Home
D&L Farm and Home is hosting a summit clinic in Aubrey, Texas. Read More

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Proper Hoofcare And Conformation And How It Effects Soundness Clinic

9/23/17
IFA Country Store - Riverton
1926 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT
United States
Contact: Kory or Lindsay
Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center and Intermountain Farmers are hosting a clinic for horse owners and farriers in Riverton, Utah. Read More

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AFA Research Clinic

9/23/17
Nova Quarter Horses
10129 187th St.
Mokena, IL
United States
Contact: Katie Panos
Katie Panos will be hosting a clinic on research practices to help farriers apply for the American Farriers’ Association 2018 research grants. Read More

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