Foal limb soundness begins before a foal is born. It involves considerations of nature (genetic) and nurture (environment). Genetic factors include inherited conformation and behavioral traits from the stallion and mare. Environmental factors include physical space in the mare’s uterus, nutrition, training and disease prevention. Choosing a mating that has a good chance of producing […]
There is a tendency today for people to get all they can when dealing in business and personal affairs. Some have called our time "The Age Selfishness." Paraphrasing from the book of books, the Holy Bible, it is better to give more than you expect to get. Here is a story that illustrates this.
As a farrier and teacher of horsemanship for the past 45 years, I have run into many problems with horses that are caused by horse-loving people. Perhaps the most disturbing is the harmful, yet common notion, that “food is love.” I have seen far too many cases of young horses crippled with developmental orthopedic disease […]
Each year around Valentine’s Day, we are reminded to think more about how much the people we love really mean to us. Love can be defined as looking after the welfare of those you care deeply about. Love often causes us to care more about the comfort of loved ones than we do our own. […]
This time of year it is wise to stay warm and safe when riding your horse. In addition, you want to ensure your horse has shoes that are going to give them protection from the elements of weather. One thing that you absolutely want to make sure of is traction to prevent accidental falls in addition to winter horseshoes.
If you want to work with horses and the people who value them, farrier school may be the best opportunity for you. Becoming a farrier is a great career opportunity that is often overlooked in today’s horse industry. Farriers work for affluent people who have discretionary income and have the “horse habit.” There are only […]
I believe one of the main reasons we hear so much criticism of the lack of farrier skills today is due to a lack of long-term commitment to skill mastery. It seems that many people only want to put in the minimum effort needed to graduate from a farrier school or to make a living. […]
One of the most rewarding benefits to me in conducting closing interviews when our students are completing their farrier classes is to hear them say, “I understand Balance now – I never realized it was so important”! And it is important both to horses and to people. During our Farrier Focus® Conferences, we emphasized the […]
Sir Isaac Newton, one of the world’s greatest scientists who formulated many of the laws of physics, once remarked in a letter to his rival Robert Hooke, “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” He said he came up with his revolutionary ideas by thinking about […]
“The Butler Team” recently won the three-man draft horse shoeing competition at the Four Corners Contest in Castle Rock, Colorado. The horses were well behaved and were owned by a carriage company in Denver. (Apparently there are nine carriage companies in Denver). We drew a Shire horse with beautiful feet that stood perfectly. Everything […]
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