©2013 Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School We all are guilty of shooting ourselves in the foot once in a while. Perhaps it would be good to review some of the unique ways farriers do this to themselves. Much of the adversity we face in our lives is of our own making. Here are some of things that I have observed over my 50 years of teaching that have derailed the careers of some potentially very successful farrier students. They have neglected one or more of the following:
©2013 Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School Much of what one sees and hears about through today's media is so obviously slanted and one-sided, misleading and possibly harmful as to cause us to question all claims made by marketers. There seems to be a concerted effort to make truth a matter of majorities - the correctness of an idea is measured by the number of persons who can be induced to adopt it. The uninformed are easily manipulated.
Osteomyelitis is distinguished from pedal osteitis in that the former implies infection of bone; the later implies inflammation due to bruising of the coffin bone. Bone pain is some of the most severe hurt an animal can experience. Osteomyelitis can be a sequela (following the original disease) to severe founder that results in sole perforation or from neglected foot abscesses. It also may result from a sequestrum (piece of dead or necrotic bone) that may result from a coffin bone fracture or a puncture wound in the sole.
Foaling season is just around the corner. A question often asked by horse owners and farriers relates to the hoof care of mares about to foal or those that have foaled. When and how should they be trimmed?
At DBE, we look forward to a NEW Year! Yet, along with many others we've talked to, we realize the importance of doing the best we can in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. When you meet true professional farriers, they do what they do because they like the challenge. They get pleasure from completing a difficult and exacting task. Of course, occasionally there are "bumps" in the road.
Since horses can make a difference in our lives, and even change us, it is worth considering the real value of horses. Some are valued at thousands of dollars – some are not. While most highly trained and well bred horses are sold by private treaty or at special production sales, a large number are still sold at auction barns.
Off-set knees or bench knee conformation is a common problem encountered by farriers. Horses with this conformation will not stay sound unless their hooves are frequently balanced due to unequal weight distribution over the knee joints.
Working with horses may involve a high hazard environment. Owning horses can be a liability. Horses are unpredictable. They have minds of their own. There are so many ways horses can hurt you. They can react quickly and may jump, run, kick, strike, fall on and/or bite a person on the ground without warning. (As you gain experience, you will recognize changes in equine behavior that could become dangerous.) Workman's Compensation insurance for farriers is traditionally high. Don't fail to have accident insurance when working with horses.
Recent events have taken a toll on various horse people and animals through this extraordinary drought and fire season that we have experienced in the West. This has prompted people to reexamine their commitment to insurance protection. This could include property, liability, care, custody and control, and equine accident and/or life insurance. Property insurance is required by mortgage companies if […]
So far twenty-six states are said to be suffering under drought conditions during the summer of 2012. Hay has become difficult or impossible to harvest without irrigation in those states. Prices for feed are higher than ever. Lack of forage is a big concern – but so is water.Horses will consume as much as 60% […]
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