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Basic Shoeing: Shoes For Traction

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by Dave Farley, CF APF Most equine breeds and disciplines require some degree of traction in order to perform. A horse’s ability to perform would be extremely limited if you took away all traction. The natural concavity of the sole … Continue reading

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The Canadian Farrier’s Team in England

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Guest Blog from Sara Vanderpol Each year the Canadian Farrier’s Team is selected to represent Canada’s farriers on the world stage. Jack Ketel (Kelowna, BC), Justin Fountain (Kamloops, BC), John Dixon (Abbotsford, BC), Sara Vanderpol (Elora, ON) and alternate Johnny … Continue reading

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Tool Corner: Tong Maintenance

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By Roy Bloom, CJF APF-I Tongs are used to hold material too hot to hold with our hands. Maximum control is possible only if the tongs are set to the size of material being used. Photo 1 shows the jaws … Continue reading

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Tool Corner: Using the Undercut

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by Roy Bloom, CJF APF and Dave Farley, CF APF The undercut, sometimes called a hoof gouge, can be used in place of the rasp when clinching. The photos give an excellent view of the steps involved. Like all new … Continue reading

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Tool Corner: Tips for More Efficient Creasing

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by Roy Bloom, CJF APF Is the shoe creased or fullered? I use the term crease if the bottom of the groove is sharp or V shaped. If the bottom is flat I consider it fullered. Call it what you … Continue reading

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Tim Cable, APF and the Red Mile

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Guest Blog from Rob Logsdon of FPD The Red Mile in Lexington, KY has long been referred to as “The World’s Fastest Harness Track.” Established in 1875, this track is the second oldest harness track in the world and holds … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Basic Hoof Preparation

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by Mitch Taylor, CJF AWCF APF The foundation of any shoeing job is the foot preparation. One statistic that all farriers should be aware of is that most chronic lameness is caused by poor or improper foot care. Look at … Continue reading

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Tool Corner: Use of the Drift and Pritchel

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  In this article, we will look at the use of the drift and pritchel in the completing steps of the shoe punching process. We’ll use the 5 City nail and 5/16×3/4″ barstock for the discussion. Figure 1 depicts the … Continue reading

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Katie Burnett of FPD Shares Fond Memories of Her Grandparents and their Connection to the Kentucky Derby

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Guest Blog from Katie Burnett   Each year, when it is time for the Derby, I am reminded of how my grandparents enjoyed the celebration of this race – and how much I love the memories of my grandparents. Mark … Continue reading

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Rob Logsdon of FPD Shares the Lead Up to the Kentucky Derby

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Every year, I look forward to spending time at the track as everyone prepares for the Kentucky Derby. While everyone is enjoying all of the festivities, the farriers are hard at work making sure the horses are ready to run. … Continue reading

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