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In this episode, we talk with Certified Journeyman Farrier Eric Nygaard. He is a past president of the AFA and has been shoeing horses for more than 35 years. He shares lessons he learned from his mentors, some of the highlights of his tenure as AFA president, and memorable experiences you can learn from and apply to your shoeing career.
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Doug Butler on how farriers deal with fads and specific criteria you can use to evaluate the numerous fads and doodads that enter the marketplace each year. We also discuss an article Dr. Butler wrote 21 years ago entitled "In Defense of Tradition and Common Sense." He shares stories, experiences, and insights that will help you deal with the fads you encounter in your shoeing work and that clients may ask you to do for their horses.
In this episode, we’re privileged to talk with Loet van der Linden, the founder of Delta Horseshoe Company. He is a manufacturer and supplier of a wide variety of farrier tools and has been involved in the farrier industry for more than 34 years. In our discussion, he covers a wide variety of topics including how shoes and nails are made, the history of the manufacturing of horseshoes and many tips that will be helpful to you in your farrier business.
In today's episode, we talk to Jim Masterson of world-renowned Masterson Method®. Jim, an equine massage therapist for USEF Endurance Teams from 2006 to 2014, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork to therapists and horse owners. When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, he developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. Together with a cadre of instructors worldwide, he offers courses in North America, Europe, the UK, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. His goal? For every horse to experience the Bladder Meridian Technique at least once. You can learn more about the Masterson Method on YouTube and at Jim's website: mastersonmethod.com Also, check out the trailer for a documentary recently made about Jim's work, A Mind Like Still Water.
In this episode, we interview Certified Journeyman Farrier Blane Chapman of Lubbock, Texas. Blane shares experiences from his more than thirty plus years as a farrier. You'll get a lot of insight into what it takes to be a great farrier by listening to Blane's background and his advice and experiences.
In this episode, Dr. Doug Butler shares horseshoeing teaching techniques he has learned over a lifetime of teaching and helping farriers progress from one skill level to another. Don't miss the essential techniques that will help you better teach apprentices and your clients from a previous Farrier Focus conference.
In this interview, farrier educator Jacob Butler, CJF, AWCF shares his insights about how farriers can learn and master anatomy and the sequential skill development required to get good at this craft. Jacob shares his journey of deciding to become a farrier, his educational experiences, what it was like being an apprentice to his father and how he developed his passion and mastery of anatomy. You'll gain valuable insights about how farriers learn and memorable stories from his 21 plus years of shoeing as well as what he has learned about assessing and educating new farrier students.
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Doug Butler about how he got into horseshoeing, stories from his career, and thoughts about the profession of farriery.
In this episode, we talk with farrier legend Jim Smith of New Hampshire who talks about his experiences as he has shod horses over the past 47 years all over the upper east coast. He shares valuable insights about what it takes to master the craft of farriery, how to prepare for certification, and lessons he has learned over a lifetime of shoeing. His stories, his insights, and his experiences will help you be a better farrier.
In this episode, we talk with farrier legend Doyle Blagg about his horseshoeing career over a 57 year span in Texas. Doyle worked as a farrier to many top Quarter Horse breeders and specialized in cutting horses. He continued on a great tradition of farriers in his family following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. You'll enjoy this episode in which Doyle reminisces on lessons he learned throughout his career.
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.    
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!
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.
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 
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!  
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!
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!
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.
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Podcast Details

Created by
James Butler
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 1st, 2016
Latest Episode
Mar 30th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
195
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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