Coping with Club Foot

Coping with Club Foot

The classic club foot is easy to spot – upright hooves, long heels, pronounced coronary band, dished hoof wall, contracted appearance. It’s not pretty, and it’s definitely less functional than a normal hoof, but with proper management techniques, club foot doesn’t...
The News on Navicular

The News on Navicular

Like laminitis, navicular is one of the most common and dreaded hoof conditions out there. Also like laminitis, its causes are still not fully understood, its presentation can be very different horse to horse, and its treatments are wide-ranging. Just as there’s...
The Latest on Laminitis

The Latest on Laminitis

Laminitis is still one of the most common but least understood conditions affecting horses today. It can be mild or devastating, a one-time event or a chronic nightmare, a manageable concern or a career-ending (or life-ending) tragedy. Any horse or pony can suffer...
Upcycle Your Shoes: Get Creative with Horseshoes

Upcycle Your Shoes: Get Creative with Horseshoes

You have a lot of extra horseshoes lying around. I know you do. Some of them are in great shape. Some…less so. You also have some tools and a forge and anvil to shape them with. Since shoes are such a common resource in the life of a farrier, seems a bit narrow minded...
Choosing the Right Anvil for the New Farrier

Choosing the Right Anvil for the New Farrier

The anvil is one of the signature tools of the farrier. It will get more use and see more miles than many of your other tools, and the quality of the anvil will play a big part in the quality of your shoeing. Anvils are an investment, in more ways than one. If...
Baby’s First Trim

Baby’s First Trim

Spring is about to spring! Time to start seriously thinking about babies. And by that I mean horse babies. Before you know it, they will have to stand still and you will have to trim them. And cute as they are, they are often terrible at standing still and letting...
What To Do in the Off Season

What To Do in the Off Season

In a way, farriers are lucky in that the farrier business is kind of seasonal, and the season when the business slows is also the coldest, darkest, crappiest season to work in. It’s nice to watch snow, sleet, rain and/or ice pellets fall from the comfort of your...
Good Reads for Farriers

Good Reads for Farriers

The weather outside is frightful. And none of your clients want to stand outside in it. So while you have some free time and a good reason to stay indoors with a hot beverage, crack a book and get caught up on your reading list. In case you’ve never had a list,...
Farrier Work with the Older Horse

Farrier Work with the Older Horse

Old age sounds terrible. Physically. Mentally, it sounds amazing because you can say whatever’s on your mind and not care what anybody thinks about it. Being around older horses suggests that our equine partners experience the exact same thing as they age. They care...