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14013 Georgia East Hwy 136
LaFayette, GA, 30728

7063978909

At Georgia Horseshoeing School, we train farriers by providing knowledge and skill at the highest level. Using the latest technology, we provide farriers with the best education possible. Learn corrective horseshoeing, hoof repair, gait analysis, blacksmithing and business management for horseshoers.

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Free Open House!

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Open House For Visitors with their horses:

  • Saturday March 7

  • Saturday March 23

  • Saturday April 6

  • Saturday April 27

    Bring your horse to our facility for a five-star treatment that can’t be beat!

    Will include: Saddle fitting if riding
    Aspects of barefoot & evaluation
    Thermal Imaging as needed
    EFT Groups welcome.

    Call the office (706) 397-8909 for additional dates and more information!

FLIR Order Special Ends Today!

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Call NOW to order the One Pro Special Camera !!!

The FLIR ONE Pro helps you find invisible problems faster than ever, whether you're inspecting electrical panels, troubleshooting mechanical systems, looking for HVAC problems, or finding water damage. This FLIR ONE Pro-Series camera offers 4x the native resolution of the FLIR ONE Pro LT, for sharper image clarity that's further enhanced by the revolutionary FLIR VividIR™ image processing. Measure temperatures more than 3x higher than any FLIR ONE model—up to 400°C (752°F)—with a sensitivity that detects temperature differences down to 70 mK. Packed with powerful measurement tools, the FLIR ONE Pro will work as hard as you do.

Farrier Clinic In Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Northern New Mexico

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Randy Cate is a Certified Journeyman Farrier & Member of the Farrier's National Research Center. He is a semi-retired farrier and horse trainer.  He is compassionate and caring when it comes to treating horses, including those that are lame and foundered.

Randy uses a trimming (or shoeing) technique on the hoof that relieves the pain and discomfort of horses that are lame (for a number of reasons, including founder) and has helped get horses back on their feet again, walking and even running. He says its just plain common sense........to him maybe.......after working with horses since 1973. 

Today the focus is on the health of the horses hooves, and providing gentle, dependable care.  Please contact the number below if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to attend one of his monthly clinics throughout Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Northern New Mexico.

You can call Randy at 417-880-3868. 
Check out his website at: http://www.helpmylamehorse.net

Farrier & Wrangler Wanted On Colorado Ranch

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Howdy Ginger,

We have contacted you in the past and you were kind enough to post our job opening for a farrier/wrangler at your school.  We are again looking for one additional farrier to add to our staff this summer.  Here is some additional information on our ranch and the job.

We have a summer guest and working ranch in Colorado and we are looking for a recent or soon to be graduate farrier to work at our ranch this summer.

We own around 120 head of horses and have found that we can provide an excellent opportunity for a newly trained farrier to get under a number of horses and further develop their skills and training. This gives them a good head start to begin their own business.

This position we are offering also entails wrangling horses, teaching horseback riding, guest entertainment and a number of other activities all based in a great mountain environment.  All of our employees live and work on the ranch.  The position can pay between $11000 to $14000  for the summer with minimal expenses.  My family has been in business for 40 years and have had a number of horseshoers get their start with us over the years.  They would be working with other experienced farriers including ourselves.  We do have two other full time farriers on staff so we do not expect this candidate to take the load of the entire horse herd by themselves.

If you have any students who might be interested in a great summer here in the Colorado mountains have them contact us at 1-800-845-2292 and speak to Justin or Ken.

Our website is www.drowsywater.com for reference and we have an online application on the website.  Feel free to call us with any questions.

Thank you for your time.

Justin Fosha
Owner Drowsy Water Ranch


DROWSY WATER RANCH
The Fosha Family
PO Box 147
Granby, CO 80446
970-725-3456
info@drowsywater.com

FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera, The Perfect Gift For Valentines Day!

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Trying to find the perfect gift for that special Farrier in your life?
Well look no further! Give the gift of Thermal Imaging!!!
Taking orders now!

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A picture says a thousand words!
We find that more farriers shoeing for a living and people using the Equine Flexion Therapy Technique, along with thermal imaging are more prepared when approaching a questionable horse. 
If only for a self-training tool for yourself, your opinions you offer can be backed up and your work verified. 
If used during your daily services, you can easily get a return on your investment within 30-60 days. TRY IT!

Thermal Imaging Speeds Up The Evaluation Process To Better Understand Any Lameness.   This horse’s issue was sole pressure. The sensitive structures under the sole cannot take the full weight of the horse. The thermal shows exactly where the pressure is. Shoes were removed, sole pressure relieved and shoes re-applied. This horse was then sound with minimal physical evaluation.

Thermal Imaging Speeds Up The Evaluation Process To Better Understand Any Lameness.
This horse’s issue was sole pressure. The sensitive structures under the sole cannot take the full weight of the horse. The thermal shows exactly where the pressure is. Shoes were removed, sole pressure relieved and shoes re-applied. This horse was then sound with minimal physical evaluation.

Clear signs of improper saddle fit. Taken with a FLIR One Pro Camera which gives you the power to find invisible problems faster than ever!

Clear signs of improper saddle fit. Taken with a FLIR One Pro Camera which gives you the power to find invisible problems faster than ever!

Before the Equine Flexion Therapy technique was applied:  As you can tell there was improper circulation. The blue cold areas show the sore leg and shoulder.

Before the Equine Flexion Therapy technique was applied:
As you can tell there was improper circulation. The blue cold areas show the sore leg and shoulder.

During the first 15 minutes of Equine Flexion Therapy:  This picture shows improved blood circulation and better movement from the horse.

During the first 15 minutes of Equine Flexion Therapy:
This picture shows improved blood circulation and better movement from the horse.

Services For Horse Owners: A Happy Horse = A Happy Owner

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Professional Farrier Services available here!
Does your Farrier offer all the latest technology to analyze your horse properly?
Bring your horse to our facility for a five-star treatment that can't be beat!

Services Include:

  • Free Hoof Evaluations & Owner consultations

  • Customized shoeing for every horse

  • Trim only to remain barefoot - all ages $10.00 per horse (+4 sealant optional)

  • Fronts only shod $15, trim hinds $5= $20.00 per horse (+4 sealant optional)

  • Fronts & hinds shod plain- $30.00 per horse (+4 sealant optional)

  • All breeds, all problems, all ages!

  • Hot & Cold Shoeing and Shaping

  • Shoeing for traction when riding and pulling wagons on slick surfaces

  • Clips, steel & aluminum shoes

  • Handmade shoes for founder & lameness issues

  • Shoeing for event riding, trail riding, barrels, rodeo, roping, reining, English, dressage, hunter/jumper, Quarter race, endurance & more!

  • Hoof bonding & crack repair, solving the long toe/low heel syndrome

  • Advice on diseases, thrush, white line disease, slow hoof growth, nutrition & supplements

  • Thermal Images printed out for you (before & after) $40.00-$50.00

  • Equine Flexion Therapy Sessions 30 min, 1-2 hours $30-$75-$200
    (As needed depends on severity) During a scheduled 3 day EFT Class we can schedule your ‘sore, in need” horse(s) “free” or charge. Drop by 8AM pick up is at 6PM. That is 6-8 hours of therapy! (All day value of $200.00 or more).

*Special shoes or extra materials as needed/requested - charges itemized. Pricing out will include trip and meal fees.

CALL 706-397-8909 to place an appointment today!

FAQ: Do You Have To Be Certified To Be A Farrier?

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Answer: NO

You do not need farrier certification or be on any registered list to be a farrier in the U.S.A. Farrier Certification is highly suggested by American owned and operated Farrier and Horseshoeing Schools offering USA Farrier Education

American organized farrier associations can suggest you join a group and acquire certification, but Farrier Certification is NOT mandatory in the U.S.A.  

This has been provided by Casey & Son Horseshoeing School and Clinic, Farriers’ National Research Center and School and the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association

If you google this question…you will read about European rules without mentioning any names. It is confusing to anyone who googles that question. Be careful what you read.

Contact an American owned and operated farrier school or association for the correct information.

Equine Hoof Fungus

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“A Happy Horse Makes A Happy Owner”


Equine Hoof Fungus

There is an infectious skin condition known as scratches or greased heel. The first stage of this skin infection is known as scratches, the second stage is known as greased heel. 

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As seen in these photos, is the condition of scratches. This condition usually starts in the hairline above the bulbs but can spread around the hairline.

What causes this, is wet, muddy and unsanitary conditions. When moisture and debris collect on the hair it will start to infect the skin almost like dermatitis. This condition is very simple to treat with a Betadine Solution and a soft bristle brush. The skin and hair can be cleaned and should be kept dry. If this area is not cleaned and kept dry it will develop into a greased heel.

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Greased heel is when the infection has migrated into the skin and it will have a liquidity discharge also having a greasy texture: hints the name ‘greased heel’.

This bacterial infection is very simple to prevent by keeping your horse in dry clean areas, or at least out of the mud. Horses with long feathers are more prone to this condition. So more preventative measures will be required.

Written by:
Link Casey, Certified Master Farrier & Educator
Casey & Son Horseshoeing School, Farriers’ National Research Center, LaFayette, Georgia
More “Healthy Horse & Hoof Care Maintenance Articles by Farriers” can be obtained at
www.caseyhorseshoeingschool.com   and
www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com

Horse Pastures, Cool Weather and Laminitis explained

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Cool spring weather brings in new green grass but what about the fall? Those cool weather days also bring in new green grass. So how does that relate to the horses’ diet?

Most horse owners know about the dangers of eating too much new spring grass, but have you thought much about the fall weather grass? Yes, horses can founder on both. With the abundance of rain and sunshine this year, you may find yourself mowing your lawn every 5 days. How about your pastures?

Fall is the time to fertilize and lime your pastures. If you do, keep your horses off for several weeks, not just days. We are thankful for all that good green grass, but with it comes limitation for horse grazing.

It has been known for many years that lush pastures can cause laminitis and founder in susceptible horses. According to a popular farrier publication editor, Fran Jurga, scientists have identified fructans as the culprit in grass that causes horses to founder.

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Explanation:
During the day, plants carry on photosynthesis and produce sugar. In grasses, these sugars are stored as carbohydrates such as sucrose, fructose and fructans. During sunny days, horses can be grazing on pastures that are high in carbs. At night, the plants use the carbs to produce plant tissue. Therefore, carb levels are lowest at dawn. Fructans are a form of carbohydrate stored by grass. Seeds store energy as starch, grasses store energy as fructans.

Problems can arise when stress slows the growth of the grasses and the plants do not use the carbs produced during the day. This condition can develop during the SPRING (and FALL), when falling nighttime temps and frost can shut down the plants.  If the frosty nights are followed by warm, sunny days, fructan levels can accumulate quickly in the grass blades.  Grazing grasses high in fructan levels can trigger a situation in horses very similar to carb overload caused by overeating grain.  Increased carb and fructan levels can set off a series of metabolic disturbances in the horses’ intestines, potentially resulting in colic and laminitis. Until more research is done, it appears that fructans are the likely cause of grass induced laminitis or founder in horses.

Courtesy of the Tribute Equine Nutrition:

Laminitis is the inflammation of the sensitive structures in the hoof called the “lamellae.”  The lamellae hold the coffin bone tight within the hoof horn.  This condition is extremely painful and can lead to rotation of the coffin bone known as founder. A common cause of laminitis is overconsumption of pasture grass, especially when the grass is actively growing, typically in the spring or after a good rain – AND IN THE FALL. Nutritional causes are related to high intake of sugar and starch also from grain mixes high in cereal grains and molasses.

Minimizing the horses’ sugar and starch per meal is the best way to prevent or manage laminitis.  Once a horse has signs of laminitis, nutrition will always be an important factor in continuing a long healthy life.



 

 

Dr. Dan, the Natural Vet of Tennessee describes it this way:

Just so you also fully understand – molasses IS SUGAR. Both cause insulin spikes, subsequent insulin resistance from over-production by the body, hypothyroid, Cushing’s horses, etc. Sugar highs and sugar lows are the culprits. Feeding corn and sugar at the morning meal is like us eating donuts and candy for breakfast. These high sugar levels wear the pancreas out. The pancreas produces insulin to handle the sugar and then later in the day, the sugar low causes tremendous stress on the body because the body is starving to death. This hypoglycemia also wears out the adrenals (glands that handle stress) and eventually hypothyroidism, Cushing’s (from over production of adrenal glands), and laminitis, as well as metabolic issues of all types can results. Heck, the body is “just flat worn out” from the stress.

All commercial feeds are produced to “hit the middle of the road’ when it comes to vitamin and mineral fortification.

Buck McColl of Mobile Milling Bio-Zin:

Read your feed tag carefully. Have your pasture soil tested. Compare the quality of your pastures to what your horse really needs in a supplement.  Ask your farrier about your personal horse’s hoof quality.

From the Farriers’ National Research Center

Some horses react to all the above, and some don’t. You need to watch out for those easy keepers who seem to always be heavier. Going back to helping the hooves stay dry, put your horses in a dry lot or stalled overnight, let out about noon till 9pm or dark and they will have better hooves and stay on a better-balanced diet as well.

We offer a Nutritional Information Class and DVD for our farrier students and horse owns are welcome. The information comes to us from many Professional Equine Nutritionists who study the subject for living. It is part of our daily business, helping horses stay healthy with healthier hooves to stand on.

After all…”A Healthy Horse = A Happy Owner”

www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com   Villanow, Georgia  (706)397-8909 for appointments

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