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Building Efficiency With Equipment Adds Profit

No matter what business you are in, building efficiency into your operation is a key to making more profit in less time. A shoeing business is no different from a manufacturing or distribution business. You need to look for equipment … Continue reading

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Equipment Usage for Daily Applications

Articles in past issues of the Natural Angle have focused on techniques, tools and other methods of bringing more efficiency into the daily routine of shoeing horses. We’ve assembled some images of the more common daily applications for various abrasives … Continue reading

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Sheared Heels or Heel Shear?

By Dave Farley, CF APF-I In this article, I will show you how I shoe a horse with a mild heel shear. In future articles, we will deal with the two severe stages that I call sheared heels. I will … Continue reading

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Vettec Improvements

by Larkin Greene Twenty-two years ago, Vettec introduced advanced urethane adhesives to the equine market, aimed at restoring compromised hoof structure, as well as protecting and supporting the foot. With the development of pour-in pads and rapid setting repair materials, most … Continue reading

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Keeping Up in Tough Times

By Dan Burke We had inquiries in recent weeks about how FPD will handle the challenges of servicing our customers and the farrier industry with the complications of the Covid19 Pandemic. Of course we start by asking that everyone, everywhere … Continue reading

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Establishing Customer Policies

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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Avoid Unnecessary Damage to Your Nail Puller

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

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

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: Shaping for Symmetry

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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