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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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Jun 30, 2020

In this episode, we talk to farrier legend, Ada Gates-Patton of Southern California. Ada shares her experiences in beginning her farrier career in 1971 to becoming the first woman to ever become a licensed racetrack farrier and member of the International Union of Journeyman Shoers in the United States and Canada.

She shares some of her experiences in working on the most famous race horses in the United States and other countries. She was the official Farrier Liaison for the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California. She has been a consultant for many high profile cases all over the world and is an inductee of the Horseshoers Hall of Fame. She received the American Farrier's Association Edward Martin Humanitarian Award in 2008. 

Original air date: August 20, 2019

Jun 16, 2020

In today's episode, we are honored to be speaking with Carl Bettison, AWCF with Honors, from Milton Keynes, England. Carl has over 40 years experience shoeing horses. 

Over the years, Carl has been greatly involved with the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He passed his Diploma and Associates exams with honors. He later became the Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers for a term. 

Carl is the owner and director of Stromsholm, the distributor of Kerckhaert Shoes. Stromsholm also carries a lot of other farrier supplies. Carl has the exclusive Royal Warrant to supply the shoes for Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family.

In 2007, Carl also became the owner and director of Gibbins aprons.

Carl is a great advocate for farriers whether he is helping with education or getting quality supplies to the farrier. 

 

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!

Jun 9, 2020

In this episode, farrier instructor Jacob Butler explains how to teach lower leg and foot anatomy of horses to farriers. You'll get a lot of insight on the specific ways you can learn and master this important skill so you can explain what is going on to the horse owners you work with on a daily basis. 

Jun 2, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler teaches the process by which he teaches farriers to learn forging skills. He explains the exercises and skill levels by which farriers learn and the process of getting good at this critical skill area. You'll learn a lot about the teaching process and the process of forging from this episode.

May 26, 2020

In today's episode, our guest is Rose-Marie Clark from Sweden. She has over 40 years experience shoeing horses and has worked with many different disciplines and breeds including: trotting horses, race horses, thoroughbreds and Icelandic ponies.

Rose-Marie is the inventor of the Rose Foal Shoe, a shoe that is designed to help foals with conformation problems; to develop normally and without lameness issues. The patented Rose Foal Shoe is designed so that it can be modified for many different scenarios, eliminating the need to carry a lot of different types of corrective shoes in the farrier’s truck. It’s also orange so it’s easier to find if/when the foal loses it!

Rose-Marie teaches and gives lectures all over the world about corrective shoeing for young foals. She is a great innovator in our industry. 

Check out her website where you can see photos of foals she has helped at cfarrier.se.

Watch this video about how to use the Rose Foal Shoe.

 

 

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!

May 19, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to World Champion Farrier Legend Jim Blurton, AWCF from Forden, Wales in the United Kingdom. Jim has been a practicing farrier for over 40 years. He has competed in and won numerous national and international competitions.  He’s won over 200 competitions worldwide, including when he became World Champion at Calgary in 2005.

Jim now runs a multi-farrier practice where he employs 10 farriers and he shoes for some of England’s most prestigious and successful Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage yards. He’s also regularly asked to consult for veterinary practices.

Jim also makes high quality farrier tools that are exported worldwide and Jim Blurton Specialist horseshoes was established in 2007 and has quickly become the world’s leading supplier of quality remedial shoes --- shoes that are designed to help horses recover from the different stresses of competition and everyday problems. You can purchase these tools and shoes at jimblurton.co.uk.

Jim is a popular clinician and has been everywhere from Europe to the United States to the Middle and Far East. In 2012 and 2016, he was the lead farrier for the London and Rio Olympics. He’s an Equine Podiatrist, Quality Craftsman and Farrier Legend. 

 

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!

May 12, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to ABS Master Bladesmith Jason Knight from East Tennessee. Jason has over 30 years experience making blades. He earned his ABS Mastersmith rating along with the B.R. Hughes Award for the best knife by a Mastersmith candidate in 2007. His blades are unique and recognized throughout the world. His blades are some of the most sought after in the industry today.

Jason Knight appeared as one of the judges on the History Channel’s Forged in Fire Series in 2016.

Jason has won several awards including the 2017 Knife Collaboration of the Year, 2012 Best Bowie Knife, 2010 Battle of the Bladesmiths Champion and 2008 Blade Magazine’s Best Bowie Knife of the Year.

Jason has a YouTube channel, a podcast called Beyond the Edge of Knight, and you can follow him on Instagram as well. Jason teaches classes on bladesmithing, including an online class entitled the Forged Series. You can check out more details about these courses at knightforgestudio.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!

May 5, 2020

In this episode, we talk to Grant Moon of Derbyshire, England. Grant is a 6 time world champion at Calgary; he’s won numerous horseshoeing and forging competitions all over the world and he recently achieved his Fellowship in the Worshipful Company of Farriers – the highest qualification that you can get in farriery. 

We discuss what he did for his thesis in hoof mapping and the accuracy of using external landmarks to localize internal structures in the equine hoof.

Grant is a favorite guest speaker and clinician at conventions and clinics all over the world. He has done many instructional videos on Mustad’s YouTube channel where he shows how to make shoes and shows the tips and tricks of the trade that make the job easier. Also, partnered with Mustad, he’s started a new tool line that you can check out and purchase at mustad.com under GDM tools.

 

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!

Apr 28, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is a world-renowned author and speaker on animal behavior, autism and education. 

She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. 

Dr. Grandin has appeared on National TV shows like Larry King Live, 20/20, Sixty Minutes, Fox and Friends and many others. 

Articles about Dr. Grandin have been published in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes, USA Today and many others.

HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

In this episode, Dr. Grandin talks about why skilled trades like horseshoeing are so important. She also gives some insights into how horses think and how farriers can ensure a positive experience for the horse during the farrier's visit. Later, she discusses some of her research and the different learning styles we all have.

You can learn more about her and her research and buy her books at templegrandin.com and grandin.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!

Apr 21, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to Brian Brazeal. Brian is well-known for his innovative blacksmithing. Tools like the Brazeal style  hammer, Brazeal hammer tongs, Brazeal style hot cut hardy and the Brazeal striking anvil are all innovations that many blacksmiths and farriers use today. 

Beginning his career as a farrier, Brian later transitioned to a full-time blacksmith; a career he has been at for the last 40 years. Brian has taught numerous clinics all over the world. You may have also seen several of his instructional videos on YouTube.

In this episode, he talks about making tools, blacksmithing techniques, his passion for passing on the craft to the next generation and his experiences teaching all over the world.

 

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!

 

Apr 14, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Butler explains the evolution of the six stages of farrier education and how you can use lessons from his life to learn faster and more efficiently as you master the craft.

 

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!

Apr 7, 2020

In today's episode, we we talk to acclaimed horseman, clinician and author, Martin Black of Bruneau, Idaho. He is famous for his many educational books and DVDS on Vaquero-style horsemanship. This includes the Western Horseman Book, Cow-Horse Confidence. Recently, he also co-authored a book with Dr. Steve Peters, Evidence-Based Horsemanship.

He has worked on ranches in Idaho, Nevada and California. He has worked with some of the top horsemen and bridlemen, Paul Black, Charlie and Bill Van Norman, Ray Hunt, Gene Lewis, Melvin Jones, Tom Dorrance, and Tom Marvel.

In this episode, he talks about the importance of horsemanship in all aspects of interacting with horses; including trimming and shoeing. He shares his philosophies in communicating with horses to get the most out of the horse/horseman relationship.

Martin has helped everyone from recreational riders to top horse-trainers in cutting, reining and racing, cowboys, cow-horse competitors, ropers, show-jumpers, and eventers.

You can find out more about Martin Black and purchase his educational materials at MartinBlack.net.

 

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!

Mar 31, 2020

In this episode, we interview farrier legend Don Jones who has been shoeing horses for more than fifty-three years. He was a former farrier school instructor for more than eight years and also founded NC Tool. He started his career as a barber and married the daughter of a blacksmith (whose family had been shoeing for six generations). You'll get a lot of valuable advice and insights from this expert blacksmith and farrier.

Mar 24, 2020

Today our guest is Dr. Adam Pendleton. He is the seventh person to achieve the designation of Veterinarian and Certified Jouneyman Farrier.

Dr. Pendleton began his shoeing career at a young age. He became a Certified Farrier at age 15 and Certified Journeyman Farrier at age 19.

Dr. Pendleton graduated from Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.

He opened his vet practice in 2014 called Handforged Vet. He specializes in athletic horse medicine, podiatry and lameness issues. His practice also includes general field ambulatory services and surgeries such as dentistry, lameness and gait analysis, pre-purchase exams, acupuncture and complimentary medicine.

In this episode, we talk about his experiences as a farrier and as a veterinarian and the unique perspective he has to treat horses from different vantage points. 

You can check out his website at handforgedvet.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!

Mar 10, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler explains how drawing helps you learn to see so you can do a more efficient shoeing job. He talks about the mind shifts successful farriers make and outlines exercises that can help you be more efficient in your work. He also discusses balance and which dimension is easiest and most difficult for farriers to learn. He also shares stories and experiences about how he learned to see better and the path he took to better understand balance. By understanding the principles outlined here, you will be a better farrier.

Mar 3, 2020

In today's episode we talk to Dr. Maarten Oosterlinck from Belgium. Dr. Oosterlinck graduated from Ghent University in 2004 and has gained extensive experience in equine orthopaedics and surgery at the department of surgery and anaesthesiology. He is a member of the faculty of veterinary medicine of Ghent University.

Dr. Oosterlinck earned his PhD on the use of pressure plate analysis for the objective evaluation of equine locomotion in 2011. He went on to perform a residency and in 2014, he passed the qualifying exam of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2018, he became diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In this episode, Dr. Oosterlinck talks about several of the research projects that he has been involved in, including: pressure plate gait analysis, lameness, canker, and the split toe shoe.

Dr. Oosterlinck has published on a variety of equine orthopaedic and surgical topics in peer-reviewed journals, and he lectures regularly at international courses and conferences.

He is a scientific editor for Equine Veterinary Journal and a member of the editorial board of The Veterinary Journal and Equine Veterinary Education. In his current position as a postdoctoral staff member, Maarten's daily clinical work is focused on equine orthopaedics, gait analysis, podiatry and surgery, while enjoying clinically orientated research, and lecturing and consulting about various topics in his field of expertise.

 

Feb 25, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Robert Eustace details his treatment methods for laminitis and other serious foot diseases from a talk that was given at a previous Farrier Focus Conference.

Feb 18, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to farrier legend, Shayne Carter. Shayne is Certified Journeyman Farrier and a Master Bladesmith.

In 1984, Shayne was the first American to win the World Champion Blacksmith Competition (WCBC) held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. Shayne is still the youngest participant to win the WCBC title at age 23.

Over the years, Shayne has been very active in competitions. Winning spots on the American Farriers Team in 1986,1988,1990,1993, 1997, and 1998. 

Shayne travels all over the world teaching clinics to other farriers horsehoeing skills, blacksmithing, and knife and tool making. He is an exceptional blacksmith.

In 1998, Shayne received the Jim Linzy Outstanding Clinician Award. In 2000, Shayne was voted "Farrier Industry Legend". This was awarded to the top 25 most influential contributors to the farrier industry. In 2003 Shayne was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame.

Recently, Shayne passed his test to become a Master Bladesmith with the American Bladesmith Society. Shayne’s knives have become well-known for their exceptional functionality and beautiful designs. He competed (twice!) in and won the popular show Forged in Fire in season three.

You can see pictures of Shayne’s knives, tools and other work on his Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages. He also has videos on his YouTube channel.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shayne.carter.98

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shaynecarterknives/?hl=en

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFSi_L6DoIzV8mDFJHhDUVQ

 

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!

Feb 11, 2020

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ann Swinker, PhD about her experiences in the horse industry as an academic researcher, state extension horse specialist and professor of equine science. She has also been involved in breeding, training, marketing, importing and showing horses. 

In this interview, Dr. Swinker talks several topics of interest inlcluding: horse nutrition, importance of getting feed analyzed, environmental stewardship, selenium toxicity and deficiency in horses, laminitis, micro-chipping horses and other research projects that she has been involved in. 

Dr. Swinker holds a Masters degree in Animal Science from Penn State and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from West Virginia University.

She has served as the Extension Horse Specialist at Colorado State University and a professor of Equine Science. She most recently has been the Extension Horse Specialist and Associate Professor of Equine Sciences at Penn State University. At Penn State she was involved in the development of a number of major programs on behalf of their Extension Programs.  Most notably the “Equine Environmental Stewardship Program,” which has been recognized as one of the top programs in the nation, of which she is co-founder and chair.

Dr. Swinker was named “Horse Person of the Year in 2001 by the Colorado Equine Council. She was awarded the American Horse Council Marjorie Van Ness Award in 2016 for her leadership and service to the horse community.

She has served on several research committees and has authored several refereed papers, abstracts/proceedings, and popular press articles.

Though she retired from teaching at Penn State University in 2017, she remains dedicated to horse care and education as she continues to conduct workshops, presentations and clinics each year. She and her husband own and breed Arabian, Trakehner Horses and raise Hereford cattle in Pennsylvania.

 

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!

Jan 28, 2020

In this episode, taken from a talk that Dr. Doug Butler gave at Farrier Focus Conference at Centaur Forge in Burlington Wisconsin, Dr. Butler talks about different types of anvils. He discusses: use and location, height and position, anvil stands, and stance and safety. 

The anvil is one of the most important tools a farrier has to ensure accurate fitting and proper modification of shoes. Dr. Butler talks about the most important factors to consider when deciding what type of anvil to get when starting out.

 

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!

Jan 21, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler talks about the basic fundamental skill of farriery of geometric balance. You'll get a lot out of this discussion that Dr. Butler conducted as part of a teleseminar with his son Jacob Butler. You may want to use Chapter 9 of The Principles of Horseshoeing III as a further resource for better understanding and applying this topic in your daily work.

Jan 14, 2020

In this episode, we talk with farrier Steve Kraus, who is the head farrier at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Steve is an American Farriers Association Certified Journeyman Farrier and has shod many types and breeds of show and performance horses for more than 55 years. In addition, he has worked for Mustad Hoofcare since 1976 as their farrier consultant, representing the organization across the country at farrier and horse owner clinics and events, as well as testing and developing horse nails, horseshoes, farrier tools, and the hoof care products that Mustad produces and markets. Since 1968, Kraus has also been the farrier for all the equine programs in the Cornell University Athletic department, which includes the Cornell Polo Team, Equestrian Team, and Physical Education Riding Program.

You'll enjoy this insightful interview with Steve about how he got started as a farrier, some of his most memorable stories, and advice for farriers based on the experiences he has had throughout the years shoeing a wide variety of horses.

Original air date: January 31, 2017

 

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!

Dec 31, 2019

In this episode, I share ten questions that reveal what it takes to raise your farrier business to the next level. I hope these stories, ideas, and questions help you evaluate where you are at in the growth of your farrier business and what it will take to grow your business to the next level.

Dec 24, 2019

Sadly, we lost John Marino this year on March 18, 2019. He was 84 years old. We had the opportunity to interview him for the Farrier Focus Podcast in June of 2018. Today, we are re-airing this podcast (June 19, 2018) to commemorate this great man. 

In this episode, John shares his early experiences of how he became a farrier after getting out of the Air Force, his early studies at the University of Arizona's Farrier School (where he studied under Donald Canfield), how he opened Across the Anvil Farrier Supply (which he operated until he sold it in 1991). He also discusses his contributions to the anvil industry by introducing a line of farrier anvils with wider faces and turning cams and the impact those anvils have had throughout the industry.

John also recounts numerous experiences with his Wednesday night forging classes at his shop and the farrier school he opened with Grant Moon in 1988 (Texas School of Farrier Science). John holds the Certified Master Farrier designation in the BWFA of which he is a charter member.   He also holds the Certified Journeyman Farrier designation in the AFA and the TPFA (Texas Professional Farrier's Association).  He served as Vice-President of the TPFA for 6 years.  He is an active lifetime member of all three organizations. 

John shares his experiences of operating JHM Manufacturing and making 6 styles of anvils and anvil stands until April of 2005, when he sold the business to Anvil Brand Shoe Company.

John has dedicated his life to improving and furthering the farrier industry through education and professionalism.  His influence has been far reaching and you'll hear his most memorable stories and experiences in this memorable episode.

Original Air Date: June 19, 2018.

Dec 17, 2019

In today's episode we talk to Dr. Doug Butler and Dr. Courtney Diehl, DVM to address a question about clogs vs. heartbar shoes.

Later, we talk to Leslee Connell Schwartz, daughter of famous horseman, Ed Connell. Ed Connell wrote the books, Hackamore Reinsman, Reinsman of the West – Bridles and Bits, and Vaquero Style Horsemanship. These books are well known among true horsemen and women all over the world. Ed was also a major contributor to Western Horseman for years. 

Leslee tells some great stories about the life of Ed Connell and some of the history of his books and training techniques.

You can purchase Ed Connell's books at: https://martinblack.net/product-category/dvds/books

 

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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