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Winter Traction Tips

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by Bob Schantz Winter can create traction problems for horses, and therefore for farriers charged with their care. Care should be used when deciding how much traction is needed. Excessive traction can create torque to the limbs, too little allows … Continue reading

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Establishing Customer Policies

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It is unlikely that you set customer policies and firm scheduling criteria when you began shoeing. Any work was welcome and uncomfortable conditions did not cause you great concern. However, as you established yourself and developed your skills you probably … Continue reading

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Managing White Line Disease

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By Travis D. Burns, CJF, TE, EE, FWCF and Lauren Trager, DVM White line disease (WLD) is a pathology that has long frustrated farriers, veterinarians, owners, and other members of the equine profession. WLD is described as a progressive hoof … Continue reading

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Avoid Unnecessary Damage to Your Nail Puller

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A significant number of crease nail pullers are returned to suppliers each year because of damage that can be avoided – not as a result of defective material or workmanship. It is possible for heat treatment or defective metal to … Continue reading

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Power Up: Power Cord Tips

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If your tools and electric motors are getting hot and you are connecting them with an extension cord, it is a possible sign that you have the wrong gauge extension cord. Not only will the use of the wrong extension … Continue reading

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Getting the Sharper Edge

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By Roy Bloom, CJF APF-I The following is a method for knife sharpening that I have been using for some years. You may be able to use this method to improve your knife’s cutting ability. It is important that you … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Shoeing The Roping Horse

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by Mike Chance, CJF There are as many ways to shoe roping horses as there are horses. Each one is unique, with its own strengths and weaknesses. A sound horse with good conformation, in a desirable environment, would do well … Continue reading

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Tool Corner: Hoof Tester

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by Dave Farley, CF APF-I Most seasoned farriers will agree that a good hoof tester is a must in your shoeing tool collection. When used properly you can determine an area where a hoof has pain. The key thing here … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Shaping for Symmetry

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by Dave Farley, CF APF-I One of the constant struggles in shoeing horses is the effort to establish and maintain good hoof shape. It is not unusual to have a horse come to you that has been fit to the … Continue reading

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Basic Shoeing: Options for Break Over in Everyday Work

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By Doug Workman, CJF APF There are many thoughts on the subject of break over as it pertains to the horse’s foot and limb function. I would like to discuss some of the options we have using modifications to keg … Continue reading

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