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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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Nov 10, 2020

Today we are honored to have as our guest, Mark Deesing. Mr. Deesing is a custom-design consultant for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc. in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has designed handling facilities for all types of livestock and poultry, as well as many wildlife species. Mr. Deesing has also worked with Dr. Temple Grandin on many writing projects (including books), research and facility designs.

He has a valuable insight into horse behavior and has written extensively on the topic. He knows the importance of horsemanship for farriers, because he trimmed and shod horses for several years before getting into livestock handling systems and research.

To check out chapter 7 in Genetics and Behavior of Domestic Animals, by Dr. Temple Grandin and Mark Deesing, you can click here. Mr. Deesing references this chapter several times in the interview.

 

 

Oct 27, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler explains laminitis and how a farrier can recognize its symptoms, diagnose, and treat it. He also explains how farriers and veterinarians should work together to explain the treatment and care to horse owners. In this episode, you'll hear valuable tips, stories, and techniques that will help you treat this condition. You'll also learn how to classify laminitis cases, things you should pay attention to on radiographs, and the best way to discuss treatment options with concerned horse owners.

Oct 13, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler discusses a seven point system you can use to discuss cases and work with veterinarians. This discussion of applying advanced anatomy to therapeutic shoeing will give you valuable insights through sound principles and stories about how to take on specific foot diseases as a farrier. You'll get a lot out of this discussion from a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Sep 29, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to Dr. Steve Peters, co-author of Evidence Based Horsemanship. Dr. Peters is a Neuroscientist that specializes in brain functioning.He and famous horseman, Martin Black have done a lot of research into understanding the horse's mind.

As a horse brain researcher, Dr. Peters has given numerous Equine Brain Science seminars/presentations throughout the U.S. and Canada and performed many horse brain dissections for students.

You can check out more about Dr. Peters's work at his website, horsebrainscience.info.  The book and DVD for Evidence Based Horsemanship are available at this website and Martin Black's website, 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!

Sep 22, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares insights of how to recognize and treat club feet in horses. He shares techniques, stories, and strategies you can use to deal with this condition.

You'll gain valuable insight from his experiences, his mistakes, and his successes that will help you more successfully deal with this condition in the horses you encounter that have a club foot.

Sep 15, 2020

In this episode, Bob Smith of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School talks about ways you can improve farrier and client communication by understanding how horse owners and horse professionals think. You'll get a lot of insight from this episode from a previous Farrier Focus Conference.

Sep 8, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Rachael Shuster, DVM discusses two cases of successful foot therapeutic teamwork. She uses these case studies to talk about how farriers and veterinarians can improve the way they communicate as they work with horses to improve their lives. You'll get a lot out of this episode on how farriers and veterinarians should work together from a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Sep 1, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Butler shares lessons he has learned over a lifetime of working with horses and tips that can help you be a better farrier.

Aug 25, 2020

In this episode, we interview Dr. Doug Butler about the assessment and treatment of navicular syndrome. You'll learn what causes navicular syndrome and what the farrier can do to ease a horse's pain who has this condition. In Dr. Butler's trademark style, he shares case studies, examples, and insights that will be helpful to you in your daily work.

Aug 18, 2020

In this episode, Bob Smith of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School details the pitfalls of accepting responsibility as a farrier over things which you have no control. This talk was given was given at a Farrier Focus conference in 2003.

Aug 11, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Robert Eustace shares a myriad of nutraceutical treatments that can be used on a horse's foot and the effects of each. You'll get a lot out of this episode on a technical level about the effect of nutraceuticals on the growth and stability of the hooves of horses.

Aug 4, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler talks about the criteria a farrier should use when selecting which therapeutic shoe option should be utilized for different foot conditions. You'll get a lot out of this episode from a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Jul 28, 2020

In this episode, Jacob Butler details his experiences with certification testing to help farriers prepare for and do well in the exam. He shares details from his testing experiences that can help beginning farriers understand and avoid the pitfalls to performing well on the day of the certification exam.

Jul 21, 2020

In this episode, veterinarian Dr. Rachael Shuster teaches how to read radiographs with foot pathology. You'll get a lot out of this episode discussing this important topic of benefit to farriers and veterinarians from a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Jul 14, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Frank Gravlee of Life Data Labs and Dr. Doug Butler discuss the treatment of founder. You'll get a lot of great insights from this informative discussion from a previous Farrier Focus conference.

Jul 7, 2020

In this episode, we interview farrier legend Randy Luikart, who has been shoeing horses for more than fifty years. He is a past president of the American Farrier's Association and has been inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. You'll gain a lot of insight and ideas from Randy on horseshoeing, ways farriers can work together, and how to master the craft of farriery.

Original air date: March 7, 2017 

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 23, 2020

In this episode, farrier Randy Fisher talks about how he moved from being a UPS driver to a successful farrier. He tells his story and shares specific things he does to enhance the relationship and communication he has with each of his clients. 

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!

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