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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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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: 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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Tool Corner: Tool Tips

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By Roy Bloom, CJF APF-I Always wear your safety glasses. You are striking steel against steel and working with hot material. Anything can happen, so be safe. Always strike the tool in the center of the striking surface. Striking off … Continue reading

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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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