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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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Apr 16, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Dwight Sanders of Eastern North Carolina. He has been shoeing horses for more than 58 years. Dwight shares his background of how he got into horseshoeing during his rodeo days. He shares numerous stories and experiences with reigning horses. You'll learn a lot from this farrier legend on what it takes to succeed as a farrier today.

Apr 9, 2019

In this episode, we talk with farrier Steve Stanley of Versailles, Kentucky. Steve has been shoeing horses for more than forty years and has spent the majority of his career at the Red Mile harness track in Lexington, Kentucky. Steve shares stories of how he got started, how he developed his observational skills, and lessons he has learned in the farrier business. He gives great tips and ideas that will help you be a more successful farrier in your business.

Apr 2, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Andrew Morrison of Edmonton, Alberta. He studied at Butler Professional Farrier School and has been shoeing for 3 1/2 years. Andrew shares how he got his start, how he found his first customers, and valuable lessons he has learned that have helped him have a profitable and rewarding start in the farrier business.

 

Mar 26, 2019

In this episode, we talk with farrier and veterinarian, Dr. Scott Morrison of Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Morrison is a 1999 graduate of the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a graduate of the Eastern School of Farriery and built a successful farrier business prior to enrollment at Virginia Tech. Following graduation in 1999, Dr. Morrison completed a one year hospital internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He was hired by Rood & Riddle as an associate veterinarian and began to develop Rood & Riddle’s Podiatry department.

Today, Dr. Morrison, who is now a partner at Rood & Riddle, oversees the Rood & Riddle Podiatry Center. His schedule includes travel throughout the United States and Europe to consult and lecture.

Dr. Morrison shares how he got his start as a farrier, interesting cases with farrier work and how farriers and veterinarians can be more successful when working together.

Mar 20, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Sarah Beane, FWCF. She is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and currently lives in North Yorkshire, England. Sarah is the first woman to receive the designation of Fellow in the Worshipful Company of Farriers (which she received in October of 2015). She is married to Steven Beane, FWCF who is a world champion farrier competitor.

Sarah is also a world renowned competitor and a respected judge and clinician and shares how she got her start, lessons she has learned from shoeing horses for the past 17 years, and advice to farriers to improve their craft.

Mar 5, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Danish farrier Henrik Berger, who is a Fellow in the Worshipful Company of Farriers. Henrik talks about how he got his start, his association with Jim and Allan Ferrie and how he passed the Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 2007, his AWCF in 2011 and his FWCF in 2017.

Henrik also discusses how he got into making tools and the benefits of working a multi-farrier practice. You will enjoy this interview with Henrik sharing his stories and experiences and how the farrier profession is similar wherever you go in the world. 

Feb 26, 2019

In this episode, we talk with farrier and equine veterinarian, Dr. Stephen O'Grady of Keswick, Virginia. He was a professional farrier for ten years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He learned the farrier trade through a formal three year apprenticeship under "Hall of Fame" farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree in 1981. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. O'Grady did an equine internship in Cape Town, South Africa. From here he went on to join Dr. Dan Flynn at the prestigious Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia where he stayed for 10 years before opening his own practice devoted to competition horses and farriery.

In 2003, he opened Northern Virginia Equine in Marshall, Virginia and in 2014, he moved to Keswick, Virginia and opened Virginia Therapeutic farriery – both are referral practices devoted to foot disease and equine therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. He has published 33 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written 18 book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery - all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. He is currently in the process of editing a textbook on Farriery. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President's Award for his work in farrier education.

In this episode, Dr. O'Grady shares how he got started, how farriers and veterinarians can work better together, stories from his career, and lessons you can use to succeed today in your farrier practice.

Feb 19, 2019

In this episode, we talk with farrier and knife maker Neal Baggett of Bishop, Georgia. Neal shares his story about how he got started as a farrier and his transition into being a knife maker. He shares tips on selecting a knife, how to best sharpen knives and tips about horseshoeing and the process of knife making as well as numerous stories from his career.

Feb 12, 2019

In this episode, we talk with operations manager Josh Garner of GE Forge and Tool. He shares his memories of the history of GE Forge and Tool when his grandparents purchased and ran the business.

He also shares insights into how tools are made, how long new tools take to go from an idea to production, and memorable stories about the innovations GE Forge and Tool has made with nippers and other farrier products over the years. This interview gives a behind the scenes look at tools and how they are manufactured and what goes into putting GE's innovations onto the market.

Feb 5, 2019

In this episode, we talk with horse owner and journalist Colleen Archer and her farrier, Adam Ellens, CF of Ontario, Canada about how they work together to help serve the horse's best interests.

Colleen and Adam share insights about setting up proper expectations and how farriers can better communicate with the horse owners and veterinarians help achieve results for the horses they work with on a daily basis. This informative interview will give you valuable insights about how to see things from the other's perspective.

Jan 29, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares insights on more foot diseases and conditions of the lower legs of the horse. He shares experiences from his extensive career of what works best when treating complicated cases. This is from a talk that Dr. Butler gave at a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Jan 29, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares insights on more foot diseases and conditions of the lower legs of the horse. He shares experiences from his extensive career of what works best when treating complicated cases. This is from a talk that Dr. Butler gave at a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Jan 29, 2019

In this episode, Certified Journeyman Farrier Nate Allen talks about foot shapes and the relationship of anatomy to trimming the horse's foot. He shares important insights about studies that have been done and the importance of understanding where structures are in the hoof capsule before you start trimming. This talk was given at a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Jan 22, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier, Charlie Comstock, of Deerfield, Missouri. He has been shoeing horses for more than 46 years. He started shoeing on July 5, 1972 and turned 18 when he was in shoeing school.

In this interview, he shares his beginnings, how he got into tool making and many stories throughout his lengthy career. Charlie is well known by many farriers as a living legend in the farrier business and it is an honor to learn from him.

Jan 15, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler speaks to a group of horse owners and veterinarians about changes that have happened in the farrier industry and how farriers and horse owners can work better together today.

Jan 8, 2019

In this episode, from a talk given several years ago by Certified Journeyman Farrier, Tom Parris, shares his keys to running a sustainable and profitable business. While the numbers may have changed slightly in the years since the talk was given, we invite you to carefully consider the principles he shares that will help you reduce your expenses and increase your profitability.

Tom also shares insights about running a multi-farrier practice. We did a previous interview with him about how he runs his multi-farrier practice and invite you to listen or re-listen to this episode as a way to better understand what he covers here.

Dec 25, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler continues his explanation of the sensitive structure's of the horse's foot to help farriers and veterinarians better understand the anatomy behind what they do in their work each day.

Dec 25, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares the importance of understanding the anatomy of the horse's foot. He compares the work that mechanics do for an automobile with what a farrier does when shoeing a horse.

This episode shares Dr. Butler's thoughts on the importance of studying and mastering anatomy as farriers. This may be a great review of the structures of the horse's foot or a great start to learning the foot anatomy that will benefit you each day of your farrier career.

Dec 11, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler talks to a group of farrier and veterinarians about how to balance high tech horseshoeing solutions with traditional techniques. Dr. Butler begins by sharing numerous experiences from his beginnings in horseshoeing as well as lessons he has learned over the years from teaching farriers and veterinarians.

This episode is sponsored by Life Data Labs, Inc. (https://lifedatalabs.com) and by Butler Professional Farrier School. You can apply to attend upcoming classes by going to: http://butlerprofessionalfarrierschool.com

Nov 20, 2018

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier, Austin Edens, from Dripping Springs, Texas. He is widely known as one of the most successful and consistent international farrier competitors in history (including being World Champion) and a popular judge. Austin’s farrier work today is centered on a sport horse client list and challenging veterinary collaborations.

He has been shoeing horses since 1995 and has been working as a farrier, clinician, toolmaker, and contest judge for more than 23 years.

Austin shares his story about how he got his start, memorable experiences from his career, contests he won, advice for farriers about competing, his practice schedule, and what his daily schedule looks like today. You'll learn a tremendous amount from Austin about what it takes to succeed as a competitor and farrier today.

Oct 9, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares seven strategies to help you prosper in your farrier business. He uses the acronym of PROSPER to go through seven specific areas of your business that you must consider and pay attention to in order to grow a more successful and prosperous business. This was given at a talk at a previous Farrier Focus conference several years ago.

Oct 2, 2018

In this episode, we talk with Dani Rueter of Paulina, Iowa. She has been shoeing horses for eight years.

Dani talks about her beginnings as a farrier, her experiences at Butler Professional Farrier School, business lessons she has learned, and her thoughts about what it takes to succeed in the farrier profession.

Sep 25, 2018

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier Shane Allen of Ocala, Florida who has been shoeing horses for 35 years. He started shoeing horses in 1982 while studying at Northwest Missouri State University under Dr. Doug Butler.

Shane shares his story about how he got started, lessons he has learned as a farrier, the differences between feet in Florida and Pennsylvania, how he ran his farrier business in several states for years, his thoughts on balance in life and with horses, and numerous lessons and experiences from his career.

Sep 4, 2018

In this episode, we’re privileged to talk with farrier Steindor Thorisson, who lives in Sweden, but is originally from Iceland. He shares observations about Icelandic horses, their gait and observations about the farrier business in Iceland and Sweden. He also shares how he got his start, his schooling at Butler Professional Farrier School and the commitment it takes to master this craft.

He shares business lessons and his thoughts about the future of licensing in the farrier business, based on what he has already seen happen in Sweden. You'll get a unique perspective on the farrier business in Iceland and Sweden from this interview with a very skilled and talented farrier.

Aug 28, 2018

In this episode, we're privileged to talk with Steven Beane, FWCF of North Yorkshire, England. Steven is a five-time World Champion Blacksmith, three-time European Champion and three-time British National Champion. He has been selected for the English farrier team 16 consecutive years and is a renowned judge and clinician. 

Steven talks about how he got his start as a farrier, his practice regimen, and why he is so good as a competitor. He shares tips for farriers who want to be better in competitions and the sacrifices and price someone must pay to be at the top.

He shares numerous lessons from his time on the British farrier team, his thoughts on the value of certification, lessons on learning to see shapes, how he got into making tools and his thoughts about the future of farriery. This is an extremely insightful look into mind of an incredible champion and what it takes to achieve excellence and remain at the top.

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