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The Anatomy of the Horse and Horse Shoeing. John McNerney 2004 American Farriers Team Member. American Farrier’s Association. National farriers organization Over 3000 members Continuing the education for horse shoers Certification Programs Clinics Competitions Research. Conformation.

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The Anatomy of the Horse and Horse Shoeing

John McNerney

2004 American Farriers Team Member


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American Farrier’s Association

  • National farriers organization

  • Over 3000 members

  • Continuing the education for horse shoers

  • Certification Programs

  • Clinics

  • Competitions

  • Research











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Now shoeing the horse

  • Two parts

    - Trim

    - Putting on the shoe


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No Foot No Horse

  • Xenophon 2400 years ago said “No Hoof, No Horse”

    Mairinger, F. (1986) Horses Are Made to be Horses Howell Book House Inc: New York.


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The Trim

  • To remove

    Excess Length

    Dishes and flares


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Trimmed Hoof

  • Removed excesses length, but not excessively.

  • Dressed dishes and flares.


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Why Shoeing?

  • To protect the hoof from undo wear.


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When to Shoe?

  • When the wear exceeds the growth.


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Shoeing Goals

  • Protect the foot.

  • Fit the foot.

  • Keep the foot safe.





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How to find A Farrier

  • Is the farrier a member of the American Farrier’s Association?

  • Level of certification?

    • Certified Farrier

    • Certified Journeyman Farrier

  • What is their fee?

  • Do they shoe hot or cold?

  • Experience?

  • Number of hours spent at continuing education programs?

  • Expectations of horse owner?


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How to find A Farrier

  • What do farriers expect of their clients?

    • Prompt payment

    • Facilities

    • Horse handling

    • Well mannered horse

    • No neglect



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References

“The Principles of Horse Shoeing II”

Doug Butler, PhD, CJF, FWCF

Walsworth Co., Inc.

1974; Fourth Printing 1995

“Horse Owners Guide to Lameness”

Ted S. Stashak, DVM, MS

Williams & Wilkins

1996


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American Farrier’s Association

4059 Iron Works Parkway, # 1

Lexington, KY 40511

(859) 233-7411

www.NoFootNoHorse.org


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