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Setting Standards for Hoof Preparation

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by Bobby Menker, CJF APF One of the best ways to prepare for the practical portion of the AFA certification test is to study the guidelines set forth in the AFA pamphlet “Guidelines for Evaluating Farrier Competitions and Certifications” and … Continue reading

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A Working Knowledge of Anatomy is ­Important to Everyday Shoeing Concerns

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By Mitch Taylor In order to gain a better understanding of how to approach a variety of situations in foot care, a working knowledge of the parts of the foot and leg and how they relate or ‘communicate’ with each … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: What Kind of View Do You Have

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by Dave Farley, CF APF-I One of the steps to getting a good trim is often overlooked. If you don’t have a good view of the balance of the bottom of the foot it is difficult to get the best … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Working with a Chronic Quarter Crack

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by Dave Farley, CF APF-I These are pictures of a chronic quarter crack that reopened (Image 1).   All farriers get this type of call and the question, “Can you do something with this? I have a show in a … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Guidelines for Balance

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By Bob Pethick, CJF APF Farriers should not be trying to straighten limbs in aged horses. You’re simply trying to make the horse comfortable for it’s conformation. To help a horse become comfortable, you need to limit hoof distortion by … Continue reading

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Tool Corner: Simple Steps Lead to Consistent Clinching

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Two methods of clinching are the hammer clinch and the use of a clinching tool. Both methods have the same goal – to provide a neat, safe and effective clinch. In recent years, many farriers have come to rely almost … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Working with a Club Foot

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by Dave Farley, CF APF When asked to work on a horse with a club foot, take extra time to evaluate the whole horse. Look at the horse from all angles. Watch the horse as it takes a couple of … Continue reading

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Business Strategy: Information and Customer Service

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A successful commitment to customer service requires some planning. There is no doubt you have to be quick on your feet in dealing with your customers but you can’t overlook the advantages of thorough planning. In the early stages of … Continue reading

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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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