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Volume 16 Issue 4
Managing White Line Disease

by Travis D. Burns, CJF, TE, EE, FWCF and Lauren Trager, DVM

White line disease (WLD) is a pathology that has long frustrated farriers, veterinarians, owners, and other members of the equine profession. WLD is described as a progressive hoof wall separation originating at the solar surface of the hoof and migrating proximally. Read More »


Volume 16 Issue 3
Forging a Plain Stamped Shoe


Volume 16 Issue 2
Farriery for Mismatched Feet

by Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS

The management of mismatched hoof angles remains a controversial subject for both the farrier and veterinarian. Mismatched feet could be defined as forefeet conformation which have a high or upright hoof angle on one foot and a low hoof capsule angle on the contra lateral foot. Read More »


Volume 16 Issue 1
Shoeing For Deviations of the Fetlock and Pastern of the Hind Equine Limb


Volume 15 Issue 4
Hoof Abscesses

by Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Hoof abscesses are probably the most common cause of acute severe lameness in horses. Often the first person to see a foot abscess is a farrier. There is still much debate between the veterinary and farrier professions as to who is qualified to treat a hoof abscess and the best method in which to resolve the abscess. Read More »


Volume 15 Issue 3
Shoeing the Base Narrow Draft Horse

Volume 15 Issue 2
Shoeing for Rotational Deviation of the Equine Limb


Volume 15 Issue 1
Farriery for the Club Foot

by Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Farriery for horses with a club foot conformation can present a challenge for both veterinarians and farriers. A true club foot can be defined as an upright conformation of the foot associated with a flexural deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint (DIPJ). Grossly, the dorsal hoof wall angle is upright or steep accompanied by a broken forward foot-pastern axis. Read More »


Volume 14 Issue 4
Factory Clips:  Focus on the details


Volume 14 Issue 3
Low or under run heels in the hind feet

by Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Low or under run heels affecting the health of the foot or as a cause of lameness are often overlooked in the hind feet1.  Very little information has been published on the effects of low or damaged heels in the hind limbs. Read More »


Volume 14 Issue 2
Breakover Enhancements For Work and Show Surface Changes


Volume 14 Issue 1
Options for Break Over in Everyday Work

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 shoes, as well as shoes manufactured with modifications built-in by the manufacturer. Read More »


Volume 13 Issue 4
The Wooden Shoe:  Farriery has so many options

Volume 13 Issue 3
Choosing the Best Fit is Your Best Option


Volume 13 Issue 2
Belt Grinders and Everyday Work

by Doug Workman, CJF APF

A belt grinder is one tool that I, and most of the farriers I know who use them, will not live without.  When you consider the tasks that you can perform with a grinder, only your hammer, anvil and forge are more important. My goal is to give you ideas for what you can do with a belt grinder in your everyday work if you are unfamiliar with them; or maybe give you a new idea you can use with your own. Read More »


Volume 13 Issue 1
Talent in the Trade


Volume 12 Issue 3
The Cannon Bone as a Reference

by Dave Farley, CF APF-I

Understanding the basics of these reference points will help develop your eye so you can help your horses achieve better health through better balance. Seldom will you find a horse that has perfect conformation and we do not imply that you should strive to “correct” a mature horse with faulty conformation.  Read More »


Volume 12 Issue 2
The Practical Application of Bar Shoes

by Stephen E. O’Grady DVM MRCVS

Bar shoes could be considered the foundation of therapeutic farriery. A bar shoe is one in which the heels are joined to form a continuous unit of steel or aluminum.  There are several patterns of complete bar shoes commonly used in therapeutic farriery including the straight bar, the egg bar, the heart bar, the heart bar-egg bar (full support shoe) and the “Z’ bar shoe.  Read More »


Volume 12 Issue 1
Shoeing for Form, Function and No Pressure

Volume 11 Issue 4
12 Points of Reference for Evaluationg Limb Balance

Volume 11 Issue 2
Group Therapy, Farrier Style

Volume 11 Issue 1
Forge Welding

Volume 10 Issue 4
Shoeing in Belgium and Holland

Volume 10 Issue 3
Keeping a Horse Going addressing the hoof problems when the trainer or owner insists that you change nothing because the horse is doing okay


Volume 10 Issue 2
Fundamentals of Hoof Trimming

Many of the most experienced and respected farriers in the industry will tell you that the trim is the most important step in shoeing a horse. If you don’t get the trim right then keeping the horse sound and the hoof in good condition is going to be more difficult. We have a few simple suggestions regarding the observations you should make before jumping into the trim of a front foot. Read More »


Volume 10 Issue 1
Natural Angle 10th year anniversary issue


Volume 9 Issue 4
Guidelines of Balancing a Horses Limb

by Bob Pethick, CJF APF

Farriers should not be trying to straighten limbs in aged horses. You’re simply trying to make the horse comfortable for it’s conformation. To help a horse become comfortable, you need to limit hoof distortion by trimming the hoof to bear weight as evenly as possible. Read More »


Volume 9 Issue 3
The “Onion Heel” Horseshoe

Volume 9 Issue 2
Use of the Kerckhaert DF Grand Prix horseshoe

Volume 9 Issue 1
Obtaining hoof and limb balance is a matter of your view

Volume 8 Issue 4
Working with a Chronic Quarter Crack

Volume 8 Issue 3
Working with a Club Foot

Volume 8 Issue 2
When the Farrier is the Vet

Volume 8 Issue 1
Opening week at Churchill Downs 2003

Volume 6 Issue 4
Show Circuit shoeing in Palm Beach

Volume 6 Issue 3
Steps to creating good clinches

Volume 6 Issue2
Radiographs and the Farrier

Volume 6 Issue 1
Rebuilding The Long Hoof

Volume 5 Issue 3
Hot Fitting Horseshoes Can be Helpful

Volume 5 Issue 2
Hoof Preparation for Symmetry

Volume 5 Issue 1
Shoes Fit Beyond the Perimeter

Volume 4 Issue 4
Setting Standards for Hoof Preparation

Volume 4 Issue 3
Application of The Heartbar Shoe

Volume 4 Issue 2
Building Heels Using Adhesives

Volume 4 Issue 1
Long Toe – Run Under Heel

Volume 3 Issue 4
Importance of Knowledge of Anatomy for Everyday Shoeing Concerns.

Volume 3 Issue 3
Defining the Equine Heel

Volume 3 Issue 2
Treating White Line Disease

Volume 3 Issue 1
Clipping Shoes Using the Edge of the Anvil

Volume 2 Issue 4
Enhancing Breakover

Volume 2 Issue 3
Maximizing The Slide of a Reining Horse

Volume 2 Issue 2
Vets and Farriers Working Together

Volume 2 Issue 1
Fitting Shoes for Balance

Volume 1 Issue 4
Basic Hoof Preparation

Volume 1 Issue 3
Fitting Barshoes

Volume 1 Issue 2
Making barshoes from long heeled shoes.

Volume 1 Issue 1
Analyzing proper hoof shape for individual horses and shaping the shoe appropriately