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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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Aug 27, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler gives advice on how to successfully market yourself in your business. He gives the secrets to set yourself apart from the competition in order to grow your business. By applying the techniques and strategies he outlines, farriers will be able to attract more customers and increase their bottom line.

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

This episode is brought to you by Vettec. Vettec Manufactures hoof care products for the hoof care professional. Vettec’s extensive line of hoof related materials allow your hoof care professional to complete hoof repairs and glue on shoes with Adhere, as well as create instant shoes and foal extensions with Superfast. Vettec’s instant pad materials (Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, Sil-Pak and Sole-Guard) promote heel and sole growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the equine foot, and prevent stone bruising. Does your horse suffer from sore feet, low heels, broken walls, thrush, laminitis, navicular or founder? Ask your hoof care professional or visit www.vettec.com to explore how these tools can work for you.

Aug 20, 2019

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. 

 

This Farrier Focus Podcast episode is brought to you by Vettec. Vettec Manufactures hoof care products for the hoof care professional. Vettec’s extensive line of hoof related materials allow your hoof care professional to complete hoof repairs and glue on shoes with Adhere, as well as create instant shoes and foal extensions with Superfast. Vettec’s instant pad materials (Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, Sil-Pak and Sole-Guard) promote heel and sole growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the equine foot, and prevent stone bruising. Does your horse suffer from sore feet, low heels, broken walls, thrush, laminitis, navicular or founder? Ask your hoof care professional or visit www.vettec.com to explore how these tools can work for you.

Aug 6, 2019

In this episode, we talk to Tab Pigg, CJF of Azle, Texas. He started shoeing horses in 1983. He has been very involved in the Texas Professional Farriers Association and became the president in 2000. He has served as a tester for AFA certification and participated in several clinics and contests.

For the last several years, Tab has been the Technical Specialist for Vettec. He travels around the country to demonstrate how Vettec products can help horses and cattle. He also has a popular internet video series called, Two Minutes with Tab where he gives helpful tips on how to use Vettec products.

This Farrier Focus Podcast episode is brought to you by Vettec. Vettec Manufactures hoof care products for the hoof care professional. Vettec’s extensive line of hoof related materials allow your hoof care professional to complete hoof repairs and glue on shoes with Adhere, as well as create instant shoes and foal extensions with Superfast. Vettec’s instant pad materials (Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, Sil-Pak and Sole-Guard) promote heel and sole growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the equine foot, and prevent stone bruising. Does your horse suffer from sore feet, low heels, broken walls, thrush, laminitis, navicular or founder? Ask your hoof care professional or visit www.vettec.com to explore how these tools can work for you.

 

   
Jul 30, 2019

In this interview, we talk about how Dave Duckett, FWCF began his career in horseshoeing and discuss the things he has learned along the way. He discusses his championships, how he mastered the skills of farriery, principles of his research regarding Duckett's dot and what he has learned from teaching farriers all over the world.

Jul 23, 2019

In this episode, we talk to Wes Earls of Brawley, California. He started shoeing horses full-time in 1970 where he learned from his father who owned and operated a Horseshoeing School there in Southern California.

Wes shares many of his experiences, including how he got started, shoeing the horses for the Border Control and many other memorable stories from his career.

Jul 16, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier John Sligh of Talkeetna, Alaska, which is about three hours north of Anchorage). He started shoeing at Guantonomo Bay, Cuba in 1970 while he was in the Marine Corps. He practiced in Ocala, Florida from 1978 until he retired 2017.

John shares how he got his start as a farrier, lessons from becoming a Certified Journeyman Farrier, competing, and memorable stories from his career.  

Jul 9, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Danish farrier, Jan Krogh, of Aabenraa, Denmark. He started shoeing horses in 1980 (nearly forty years ago). Jan talks about how he got started, lessons from his career, and his approach to shoeing horses today. He shares his thoughts and observations about farriery in Denmark and what you can do to be a great farrier.

 

Jul 3, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier, Jake Engler of Navasota, Texas (which is just outside of Houston) who has been shoeing horses for more than twenty years. 

Jake shares his story about how he got started as a farrier, lessons he learned from certification and competing, and memorable stories from his career.

Jun 25, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares principles for shoeing gaited horses. He shares numerous lessons he has learned throughout the years of shoeing these horses and specific applications when dealing with club feet and quarter cracks. You'll get a lot of insight from this talk given at a previous Farrier Focus conference based on Dr. Butler's failures and successes with these horses over the years.

Jun 18, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Michael Wildenstein, CJF, FWCF (Hons) of Sharon, Vermont. Mike is retired from teaching farrier at Cornell Vet School in Ithaca, New York and now offers his services as a referral or consulting farrier, working in a hands-on capacity with a horse's current farrier and/or veterinarian for special problems, or to help farriers improve their skill on their home ground with their own tools and their own horses.

Mike is one of three people in the world to have passed the extremely distinguished Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers examination in the United Kingdom with an "Honors" designation. We talk with Mike about how he got his start, lessons he has learned from his years as a farrier, and his thoughts on the future of farriery.

Jun 12, 2019

In this episode, Pete Butler, CJF (one of the instructors at Butler Professional Farrier School) shares lessons he learned about horsemanship growing up and while in Mongolia for a couple of years. He shares differences between how horses are used in Mongolia versus other parts of the world and shares insights about how to learn horsemanship skills from around the world.

Jun 4, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Scott Colson of Clinton, Mississippi. He started shoeing horses in 1962 and shares lessons he learned as he got started as well as some of the early history of the formation of the AFA and FIA.

Scott also shares his thoughts about managing employees and numerous stories throughout his career about what it takes to succeed in the farrier business. Scott is an incredible storyteller and you'll laugh and learn from his great stories and valuable insights.

 

 

May 29, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Chuck Milne of Kennadale, Texas. He owns and runs Texas Farrier Supply with two locations. He has been shoeing horses since 1972(for 47 years).

Chuck tells about how he got into the farrier business, business lessons he has learned, the process in which anvils are manufactured, how he got several of his products started, the key things you need to know if you want to start a farrier supply business, and other experiences and lessons from his life and career.

May 21, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier, Ben Mangan of Carthage, New York. Ben talks about his start when he was seventeen in Vermont. Later, he moved to New York and has been shoeing horses for the past twenty-one years.

He shares valuable lessons from his career, business tips, and ways he gained new clients when he first moved into a new area. Ben also shares tips about competing and lessons he learned from being on the North American Horseshoeing Team three times.

May 14, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Joel Gough, a mounted police officer and horse trainer, from the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department Mounted Patrol. Joel shares how he got his start with training horses, some critical principles to understand when undergoing sensitivity training with horses, and lessons he has learned from working with horses on a daily basis.

Joel also shares lessons about horsemanship and how farriers can get the contract to do the farrier work for a local mounted police force in their area. You'll get a lot of insight into the behavior of horses in this episode which will help you improve your horsemanship skills as a farrier.

May 7, 2019

In this episode,we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier, Gene Lieser of Magnolia, Texas (northwest of Houston). He has been shoeing horses since 1994 and shares lessons from his experiences over the past twenty-five years.

He shares how he got his start, lessons from competing and the contests he is most proud of winning. He also shares tips for competitors and those preparing for the certified and journeyman exams.

Gene also shares details about the new vice and gate latch business he has created and the benefits of each of these innovative creations. You'll learn a lot about what it takes to succeed and why failure can never be an option as a farrier. 

Apr 30, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares ways you can increase your value and double your income as a farrier. This is from a talk Dr. Butler gave several years ago at a Farrier Focus conference. We hope you will consider the questions and ideas he shares here to improve your skills and increase your value so you can double your income in the next twelve months.

Apr 23, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier Eric Gilleland from Social Circle, Georgia. Eric shares insights he has gained from his farrier career since he started in 1990.

He shares lessons he has learned from his multi-farrier practice and farrier supply business and offers powerful insights on what it takes to succeed in the farrier business today.

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 12, 2019

In this episode, we’re privileged to talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier Rob Sigafoos of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He started shoeing horses in 1976. He worked at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania staring in 1983 and worked there for 23 years until he retired in 2006.

In this episode, he shares how he got his start, early work and developments with glue on shoes, lessons he has learned from working with veterinarians and numerous stories that will help you be a better farrier.

 

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. 

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