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2015 AFA Convention

2015 AFA Convention

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Blacksmith Buddy recently attended the American Farriers Association’s annual convention in Overland Park, Kansas City, Kansas. The 44th convention took place February 24-27th and featured a great variety of people. Speaker Highlights included: The Woes of Highs and Lows-Reading feet and Radiographers Brian Barrett, CJF TE AWCF Brent Barrett, DVM CJF Blacksmith Buddy was proud […]

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Famous Farriers: European Legacies

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We started profiling famous farriers a few months ago, beginning with American Legends like William “Jelly” Caulder, Bob Waters, Ronald “Tex” Cauthon, and Vern Hornquist. Now it’s time to honor our European legacies. We tip our hats to these foreign farriers, as recognized by the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. Jim & Allan Ferrie, Newmilns, […]

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A Timeline of Innovations in Hoofcare

Hoofcare innovations and technology have come a long way since their humble beginnings. Here’s a simple timeline to help you understand the evolution of hoof care from simply horseshoes to high tech hoof treatments. We tried to include all the best and most significant, but please let us know if we missed anything. Click through […]

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Buddy Tales: Marco’s Video Story

A Blacksmith Buddy fan, Marco, sent us this great video he calls, “An ode to the ancient yet indispensable trade of the farrier.” Marco was inspired by the history of the Dutch farrier trade. When horses were replaced by machines in the agricultural industry, most of the horsehoe factories in Europe closed. In the Netherlands, […]

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Famous Farrier’s: America’s Legends

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There are so many great farriers out there worth mentioning, but right now we would like to take a look at some of the legends that have made it to the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. These great farriers, “have left a permanent, positive impression on their peers and clients.” We remember them today. William […]

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AFA Convention 2014

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Blacksmith Buddy recently attended the American Farriers Association’s annual convention in Reno, NV. The 43rd convention featured a great variety of people with speakers, judges, and of course the Forging and Horseshoeing Competition. Blacksmith Buddy was proud to be a sponsor of such a great event. Our exhibit also held a drawing for $250, and […]

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Buddy Tales: Meet Ray Knightley, German Farrier

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How I Met Blacksmith Buddy Maybe two years ago after scanning the internet – I came a across Wes Champagne’s video on YouTube. It really looked like they were having fun using the Blacksmith Buddy! I woke up to the potential of the use in so many ways and got into contact with them as quickly […]

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The Swiss Packhorse: Then and Now

The Swiss Military has had a lengthy history of using horses to navigate the steep and mountainous terrain of the alps. Horses have served a well-known mounted military, but a lesser recognized use has been the time-honored, hardworking packhorse. Let’s take a quick look at the story of the packhorse and the industry surrounding it. […]

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Quarter Crack Repair and Hoof Lameness Seminar

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Blacksmith Buddy attended a seminar on November 15th and 16th in Ocala Florida. Multiple guest instructors discussed, “…the specifics of the top performance and theraputic glu-on shoes and hoof wall reconstruction…”. The speakers did a presentation on Friday with a demo on a live horse. On Saturday they helped each farrier learn how to do […]

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Buddy Tales: Meet Jenny Gravenson, Minnesota Farrier

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The following is a guest post from Jenny Gravenson, a farrier in Minnesota. How I Met Blacksmith Buddy I first saw the Blacksmith Buddy at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI earlier this year. I had driven from Minnesota to participate in the World Championship Blacksmith’s competition. There are hundreds of retailers with booths […]

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