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Vive St Eloi...and the Spirit of the Monuments Men: Painting of Farrier Patron Saint Returns to Owner

It's the first week in December, time to toast all those French farriers and veterinarians and jockeys who are taking the day off (Monday or Wednesday, depending on your preference) in honor of their patron saint. But we have something else to toast this St Eloi's Day. Show More Summary

Victory's Magnum Champagne Award to Stakes-Winning British Farriers for Fifth Straight Year

Congratulations to the six-man farrier team shoeing the Thoroughbred racehorses of top trainer Richard Hannon in Wiltshire, England. The shoers have yet again won the Victory Magnum and no doubt sent Atlantic Equine’s champagne billShow More Summary

Hooves@War: Did the Paths of This Vet and Farrier Cross in World War I?

It was called simply "Mons". The war was supposed to be a quick route for the British troops. They left in summer and boasted that they'd be home in time for Christmas. Except it didn't quite work out that way. It turned into a "world war". Show More Summary

Hoof Explorer: Stop Motion Anatomy Video Builds an Equine Foot--But Don't Think About It

The Hoof Explorer anatomy toolbox website is at it again. Be sure to bookmark this little video clip to add to your next PowerPoint presentation. But then sit back and enjoy it. And stop thinking so hard. There are many ways to teach science or anatomy or even a step-by-step technique. Show More Summary

Early American Hoof Boots: Buffalo Moccasins for Lewis and Clark's Barefoot Horses in 1806

From the remarkable diary of Captain William Clark, on the return trip through what is now Livingston, Montana on the Yellowstone River: July 16, 1806 William Clark we did not Set out untill 9 A M. we had not proceeded on far before I saw a buffalow & Sent Shannon to kill it this buffalow provd. Show More Summary

BEVA Congress Farriery Day Asks, In Many Ways: What Would You Do?

Vet-farrier relations begin here:  "Examiner" Chris Pardoe, AWCF, PhD tests a vet student at the Royal Veterinary College in England on her ability to pull a shoe. He's allowing her to cheat a bit by having the school's "Blacksmith Buddy" hoof holder stand in for a real horse. Show More Summary

Stromsholm's November Newmarket Hoof Care Conference Focuses on Long Toes - Low Heels in the Competition Horse

Stromsholm, a leading British hoof care products supplier, will host the Newmarket Hoof Care Conference on November 17, 2014 in the Millennium Suite at Newmarket Racecourse in Newmarket, England. Attendance is by advanced reservation only. Show More Summary

Breeders Cup Classic: Will It Be a Battle of the Specialist Horseshoes?

Will it be 3/4 shoes by a head? Nailed on glue-ons by three lengths? Or tabbed glue-on shoes in an exciting photo finish? As the Breeders Cup Classic draws near, it's interesting that publicity surrounding the three top contenders this year includes their hoof problems or use of specialty horseshoes. Show More Summary

Comeback Award: Flexible Repeatedly Jumped the Obstacles of Obscure Lameness Setbacks

The 18-year-old show jumper Flexible has made a name for himself in the show ring--and in the vet clinic. Flexible has been named the first recipient of a new award, the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation Comeback Award. In tribute to him, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky has donated $10,000 to the foundation for equine research. Show More Summary

British Non-Farrier Found Guilty of Over-Trimming and Glued Hoof Boot Welfare Violations

The following information is being printed verbatim, except where noted in italics and where spelling has been Americanized. This is a document created by the Farriers Registration Council in the United Kingdom. Hoofcare Publishing requested...Show More Summary

Guts. Glory. Horseshoes: Farrier Travis Baker Drives a Dodge.

"Farrier" (Full Version-HD) from Fran Jurga on Vimeo. . Is this an ad for Ram Trucks, farriery as a career, or California as a place to live the good life? Maybe it's a little bit of all three. Travis Baker's farrier life in California...Show More Summary

Just Wait Til Next Year: Shoes Off, On, and Off Again as Shoeless Senior Racehorse Tahoe Warrior is Claimed and Re-Claimed

Tahoe Warrior in 2007 at Delaware Park, trained by Todd Pletcher. Photo: Sarah K. Andrew Once upon a time there was a barefoot racehorse.  Now, that's interesting. Once upon a time there was an 11-year-old racehorse who started 11 times in his 11th year.  Now, that's interesting, too. What's even more interesting is that they are the same horse.  What a year 11-year-old Tahoe

Biomechanics and Uses of Wide Toe, Egg Bar and Heart Bar Horseshoes: Research by Dr. Jenny Hagen via Werkman's E-Lecture Series

Werkman Horseshoes in The Netherlands has launched a video lecture series with German veterinarian and hoof researcher Jenny Hagen. This is a still from one of the videos, to show you the rich visual content. You'll need 58 minutes. Lock the door. Show More Summary

BEVA Congress: Ohio State’s Professor Belknap Reports on US and UK Farrier-Vet Relations Survey

At the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) 2014 Congress in Birmingham, England last month, Professor James K. Belknap DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine reported on an Internet...Show More Summary

Hooves@War: Australian Farrier John Jolly Died at Gallipoli

If you happen to be in Canberra, the capital of Australia, on November 3, 2014, look at the Australian War Memorial. It's the Australian equivalent of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Projected on it will be the name of John Joshua Jolly. John...Show More Summary

Required Reading: Dr. John Steele's 68th Year in Equine Practice Profiled in Chronicle of the Horse This Week

If you were the gambling kind, you might have been able to make some money at the World Equestrian Games in France last month. What if, when Team USA's Beezie Maddie and Cortes C came oh-so-close to the gold medal in show jumping, you had wagered with that Irishman sitting next to you about the veterinarian responsible for that high jumping superstar horse--and all the Madden

Event Announcement: William Moyer, DVM Headlines Myhre Equine's 27th Farrier-Veterinarian Conference

WHAT: Myhre Equine Clinic's Annual Farrier-Veterinarian Conference WHEN: Thursday and Friday, October 9-10, 2014 WHERE: Rochester, New Hampshire WHO: Farriers and veterinarians WHY: Dr. William Moyer, guest speaker Farriers and veterinarians in the New England states will come together next week to share their knowledge and hear lectures by Dr. William Moyer at the Myhre Equine

England Wins 35th International Team Horseshoeing Championship at Stoneleigh; USA Third

No doubt there is still smoke in the air over Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, England tonight, but the coal forges are dark, the hammers have gone silent, the horses are loaded and the farriers? Well, they're probably celebrating somewhere,...Show More Summary

Australian Farriers Seek Regulation of Profession in New South Wales

A farrier revolt has been brewing for some time in the state of New South Wales in Australia.Some--but not all--farriers there are angry and they want their state government to take action. In what seems like a counter-intuitive plea...Show More Summary

American Farrier’s Association Team Heads to England for 35th International Team Horse Shoeing Championships

Teams of American horseshoers have been going to Stoneleigh, England to challenge British farriers at the game they invented since the early 1980s. Here's Bob Pethick, circa 1986, in the "old forge". It looks like he's the only person there but the back wall was lined with forges, and horses with big feet were tied to the rail in front. Show More Summary

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