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Basic Shoeing: Foot Finish

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By Dave Farley Your customers may never lift the foot to check your work but you can be sure they take a good look at the hoof as the horse is standing in front of them. A few minutes spent … Continue reading

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What is it Like Shoeing a Million Dollar Horse?

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Guest Blog by Rob Logsdon, FPD, Inc. Lexington, Kentucky is largely considered the “Horse Capital of the World” because of the numerous horse farms, Keeneland Racecourse and Keeneland Association Thoroughbred Auctions. From September 10 to 23, Keeneland is hosting their … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: 12 Points of Reference for Evaluating Limb Balance

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By Dave Farley and Roy Bloom We have developed a list of reference points that have helped us in evaluating limb balance and developing a plan for trimming the hoof to maintain or enhance the balance. The following list and … Continue reading

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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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