Baby’s First Trim

Brown foal running in grass - 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 people do stuff to them, … Read moreBaby’s First Trim

Farrier Myths And Misconceptions

Horse hoof prints in snow - Farrier myths and misconceptions

In a field like horseshoeing, which has been around for thousands of years, there are bound to be stories that get told and retold, regardless of how true they actually are. Horsepeople generally like to rely on conventional wisdom, so in the spirit of keeping us wise, let’s bust some common myths around horse hooves … Read moreFarrier Myths And Misconceptions

It’s a New Year: Put the Right Foot Forward

Foot of Boulonnais horse - It's a new year

Human beings are terrible at New Year’s resolutions. There’s probably something genetically hardwired into our brains to make us stop caring about the things we know we should be doing for ourselves. Or at least, science is the excuse I’m using this year. We do tend to take better care of our horses, however, and … Read moreIt’s a New Year: Put the Right Foot Forward

The Scoop on Supplements: Feeding Your Way to Better Feet?

Powdered supplement for horses - The scoop on supplements

This is one of the big debates in modern horsemanship. Is there a way that you can turn a horse’s crappy, crumbly, gap-ridden hooves into model feet with impregnable hoof walls? A trip to the local feed store shows you that there are what, eight million different types of supplements out there, all claiming that … Read moreThe Scoop on Supplements: Feeding Your Way to Better Feet?

Pick it Up! How to Train Your Horse to Lift its Feet for the Farrier

Horse lifting one foot for farrier - Pick it up

Updated: Oct. 2, 2019 In a perfect world, a horse will have been schooled from day one to lift its feet up and set them down as requested, but we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where horses happy to rhythmically lift and place their feet on their ways to their … Read morePick it Up! How to Train Your Horse to Lift its Feet for the Farrier

Stand Up! How to Train Your Horse to Stand for the Farrier

White horse standing and being brushed - Stand up

I am not a farrier, but my experiences with them suggests that nothing is more irritating to their existence than animals who won’t stand still and let them do their ever-loving jobs. There’s no better gift than teaching your young horse, or your older, flight-ready animal, to keep still long enough that the farrier can … Read moreStand Up! How to Train Your Horse to Stand for the Farrier

A Quick Guide to Common Hoof Problems and Solutions

Horse hoof with cracks - A quick guide to common hoof problems and solutions

For as big and strong as our horses are, their base of support—their feet—are amazingly fragile. Good horse care basics go a long way towards making sure your horse’s feet are healthy: feeding a balanced diet, keeping hooves clean, maintaining good footing in rings and pastures and regular trims are all solid preventative measures that … Read moreA Quick Guide to Common Hoof Problems and Solutions

How to Shoe the Difficult Horse

Brown mare on lead trying to pull away - How to shoe the difficult horse

Of all the things that make being a farrier a difficult job, dealing with horses that would prefer you not do your job on them is probably the hardest. Difficult horses mean longer hours, shorter tempers and stiffer muscles the next day. In the worst situations, they mean real danger for both farrier and owner. … Read moreHow to Shoe the Difficult Horse

How to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of a 2 part article series. Read part 1 here. A winning game plan One of the things that determine success is how far and how well we plan ahead. Most farriers are good at planning for the technical aspect of trimming and shoeing a horse and, by the same token, they may … Read moreHow to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

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