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Farrier Focus Podcast

The Farrier Focus Podcast releases an episode each week with inspiring tips, techniques, and strategies to help farriers unlock the secrets to succeeding in their business. With informative interviews, stories, and ideas, you’ll hear real advice on what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive environment.
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Now displaying: October, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

In this episode, Jake Butler, AWCF of Butler Professional Farrier School, gives a presentation at the Farrier Focus Conference in 2006 at Centaur Forge in Burlington, Wisconsin. 

Jake discusses how to improve the bottom line of your business by better communicating with your customers, attracting new customers and managing your clientele through good record keeping.

 

If you would like to contact us with questions relating to your business, specific cases, general horse hoof care questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please email us at farrierfocuspodcast@gmail.com. We might even feature your email in a future episode!

Oct 22, 2019

In this episode, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Bill O'Neill of Marengo, Illinois, gives a presentation at the Farrier Focus Conference in 2006 at Centaur Forge in Burlington, Wisconsin. 

Bill discusses some helpful business tips to make your shoeing business profitable including: how to communicate with clients, veterinarians and other horse professionals; time management; tool maintenance; ongoing study of the craft; exercise to maintain good health and much more.

 

If you would like to contact us with questions relating to your business, specific cases, general horse hoof care questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please email us at farrierfocuspodcast@gmail.com. We might even feature your email in a future episode!

 

Oct 15, 2019

In this episode, we talk with farrier legend Bob Marshall about how he developed his skills as a farrier and became a world champion in competition. Bob shares some of his favorite memories about being a farrier, some funny things that have happened to him over the years, and lessons that farriers can learn from to use in their businesses. You'll love Bob's ability to tell a great story and the simple, yet profound lessons he has learned from a lifetime of horseshoeing. Original air date: December 17, 2016.

 

If you would like to contact us with questions relating to your business, specific cases, general horse hoof care questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please email us at farrierfocuspodcast@gmail.com. We might even feature your email in a future episode! 

 

 

Oct 8, 2019

In today's episode, we talk to Certified Journeyman Farrier, Ted Shanks of Hawaii. He lives on the island of Kauai.

Ted is originally from East Tennessee. He is a traditionally trained blacksmith. He is a member of the Artist-Blacksmiths’ Association of North America (ABANA) as well as a Certified Journeyman Farrier and Tester for the American Farriers Association. 

Ted now lives in Hawaii where has been blacksmithing for four decades — first on Maui and then, since 1987, on Kauai. His award-winning designs are now found in homes, businesses and workshops across Hawaii and beyond.

He owns and operates Kipu Forge. They provide a wide range of custom metal work to architects, contractors, homeowners, craftsmen and galleries. They produce mostly unique forged gates, railings and home furnishings along with many tools for blacksmiths and farriers. Ted also has a unique claim to fame in that he has had two former U.S. Presidents in his shop. Ted talks about his experiences with President Carter and President Ford visiting his shop in Hawaii. 

Ted also offers lectures, blacksmithing and horsemanship demonstrations; he also enjoys studying the bible and reciting cowboy poetry at conventions.  And according to his website, every once in a while he shoes a horse.

To see Ted's award-winning blacksmith projects and visit his on-line store, check out his website at kipuforge.com.

 

If you would like to contact us with questions relating to your business, specific cases, general horse hoof care questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please email us at farrierfocuspodcast@gmail.com. We might even feature your email in a future episode!

Oct 1, 2019

In today's episode we talk to internationally acclaimed farrier and teacher, Alan Bailey of England.

Alan Bailey began shoeing in 1963. He comes from a long line of farriers and blacksmiths. In 1978, he went to teach at the Hereford College. There, Alan became well-known for his teaching method; especially of anatomy and physiology. He is responsible for raising the standard of excellence in the farrier training exams at the Hereford College. Because Alan demanded such a high standard of his students, he has the unique distinction, as a teacher, of never having had a student fail. He is still affectionately remembered by many of his former students. They appreciate that he expected so much and he never gave up on them.

In 1988, Alan left the school to become the liaison officer for the Farrier Registration Council of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He went to Louisville, KY and gave a presentation at the Laminitis Symposium in January of 1989. After that, he became popular on the international lecture circuit. He has spoken at many seminars and clinics all over the world (including eastern and western Australia, Tasmania, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, etc.). He was in high demand for his outstanding teaching style.

Alan retired from international lecturing having realized the limitations of his practical know-how, and returned to horse shoeing and veterinary technical consultant work. He revisited the traditional methods as taught in the United Kingdom, relearned horse shoeing to the benefit of the horse, and how not to follow a method determined by history and practiced by the indoctrinated. He suggests that 'the methods subsequently learned and used in his everyday shoeing would now raise awareness of the farriers responsibility to the functionality of the animal.

Alan retired from shoeing horses in 2016.

Alan shares some of his experiences with running a shoeing practice, working with veterinarians, his friendship with Dr. Doug Butler, and his experiences teaching at the Hereford College in England.

 

 

If you would like to contact us with questions relating to your business, specific cases, general horse hoof care questions, or suggestions for future podcasts, please email us at farrierfocuspodcast@gmail.com. We might even feature your email in a future episode.

 

 

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