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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

Laminitis Researcher Ray Geor to Leave US for Post in His Native New Zealand

Edited from a press release  Beginning in 2015, Massey University's College of Sciences in New Zealand will be led by internationally-recognized veterinary and agricultural science specialist Professor Raymond Geor, BVSc, MVSc, PhD,Show More Summary

Implanted Prosthetic Limbs for Amputee Horses: Be Part of Research!

Six years ago, Molly the Pony turned the world upside down on by wearing a strap-on prosthetic on her amputated limb. If she read the newspaper this week, the peg-leg pony who survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans might think she needs to come out of retirement on behalf of her new prosthesis designer, Niki Marie Hansen. Show More Summary

Hooves@War: On this day in 1914, Farrier Charles Burchell of South Australia enlisted

Today, the Hoof Blog's Hooves@War series moves back to Australia, where a footnote about a farrier's enlistment for World War I led me to read more about him and his horseman father. Meet the Burchells of South Australia. Corporal Charles...Show More Summary

10 Years on The Hoof Blog: A Little Bit About You

The 10th anniversary of The Hoof Blog almost slipped by unnoticed. There's way too much work to do and it's far too dangerous to reflect on all that's happened or all that may happen, so let's celebrate anyway--by sharing some statistics about you, the ones who make it all possible! I think I know who you are, and I'm glad you're here. Show More Summary

Research: Equine Weight Management Surveys for Farriers, Owners, and Veterinarians

A survey-based research project is being conducted by Melissa Kelson, a student at the Royal Veterinary College in Great Britain, to compare and contrast the evaluation of body condition by owners, farriers, and vets. Ultimately, the...Show More Summary

Happy Birthday to the Journeyman Horseshoers Union

It was 121 years ago that a footnote in labor history turned into a solid hoofprint. The International Union of Journeyman Horseshoers was incorporated at Denver, Colorado, on September 12, 1893 after having been affiliated with theShow More Summary

Farrier Jim Hayter Wins Burghley Horse Trials' Best Shod Horse Prize for 2014

The front feet of the Irish Sport Horse Coolys Luxury, who was selected as the Best Shod Horse at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in England last weekend. Farrier Jim Hayter received the prize along with owner David Corney and rider Tom Crisp. Show More Summary

World Equestrian Games Farriers: What's Inside WEG's Pop-Up Forge?

In a village of pop-up horse stables and instant schooling arenas sits the World Equestrian Games' pop-up vet clinic with its dedicated forge. Each of the five venues of the World Equestrian Games had its own forge. Don't blink, they...Show More Summary

Hooves Get the White Glove Treatment from Best Shod Horse Judge at Burghley Horse Trials in England

Photo courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and Getty Images You always hear about it, but rarely does anyone ever see it done. Sure, farriers get dressed up in suits and wear bowler hats and white gloves to inspect horse hooves. Show More Summary

Ghost of WEGs Past: Jumper Presley Boy Euthanized Two Years After Colic-Related Laminitis

If a skilled novelist like Tami Hoag set out to pen an international suspense thriller about a jumper, I doubt a more compelling story could be imagined than the sad-but-true tale of Presley Boy. The timing, the cultures, and even the...Show More Summary

World Equestrian Games Farriers: Other Countries Heard From

The World Equestrian Games had a staff of French farriers on staff at the vet hospital; here you see two credentials for Jean Michel Goubault and Fabrice Cave. Nigel said they worked at Haras du Pin, the National Stud in Normandy. The whole world was there, so there were bound to be more farrier pictures to show you. Show More Summary

Video: The Hammer of God: A Classic Blacksmith Detective Mystery, Courtesy of "Father Brown" on the Hoof Blog

In this mystery of riddles, a man lies dead in the churchyard. The blacksmith's hammer is found nearby. Surely he committed the murder. But not so fast... When you go to school to learn the craft of mystery plot writing, this is one of the stories that you study. Show More Summary

Gold Medal Farriers: Congratulations to Victorious British and German WEG Dressage and Eventing Team Farriers

Team GB dressage and show jumping High Performance Program farrier Haydn Price of Wales with Triple Gold Individual Medalist in Dressage, Charlotte DuJardin and Valegro. Farriers Haydn Price and Dieter Krohnert had big jobs to do this week. Show More Summary

Video Selfie: Laminitis Researcher Jim Belknap Previews His BEVA "Feet and Farriery" Lecture

As the calendar gets ready to turn to September, it's time for the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress in Birmingham, England. The conference runs from September 10-13, with a full day "Foot and Farriery" program on...Show More Summary

Hooves@War: One Hundred Years Ago: Farrier Ted Garland Left Somerset England on a Dappled Grey Cob

Here's an interesting collection of photos of a farrier in World War I that has come to light. In a key image, you see a squadron of 200 local men and their horses departing for war from Shepton Mallet, Somerset on 14 August 1914. And...Show More Summary

Research: Does the Unshod Dressage Horse Really Bear a Competitive Disadvantage?

Whether or not a dressage horse needs shoes is likely to be dependent on many factors beyond whether hoofwear will or won't enhance performance. Researchers in England found little difference between two groups shod and undshod low-level horses. Show More Summary

Team Farrier Haydn Price Chosen as British Flag Bearer at World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony

Practice makes perfect: British team farrier Haydn Price at rehearsal earlier today for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (photo via Debbie Lee) The World Equestrian Games have now begun! The worldShow More Summary

Hooves@War: Wilfred Blackband was such a good farrier, he never went to war

Did Wilfred Warren Blackband go to war or not? Read his story and then you can decide. He is the first British farrier of World War I in this series, but not that last. And he’s not the only teenage boy whose story you'll read here. There’s...Show More Summary

Shoes, Half Shoes, or No Shoes At All: Swedish-Trained Trotters Ruled Hambletonian Day

Think Swedish: Some of the most interesting horseshoes come from Sweden. But just as interesting is the way that the shoes are used. Swedish-trained and shod Father Patrick, the 4-5 favorite, and Trixton, the winner, both went to the...Show More Summary

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