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Famous Farrier’s: America’s Legends

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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Equi-meeting 2013

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Our photos from France! We recently attended the international symposium dedicated to the housing, welfare, and environment of equestrian facilities at Haras-du-pont, France in October 2013. The symposium gathered academics, engineers, veterinarians, and other industry professionals to discuss and share ideas in the horse care industry. We added a few of our favorite images, and […]

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BEVA Congress 2013

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Blacksmith Buddy just got back from Manchester, England after attending the 2013 British Equine and Veterinary Association Congress. The conference is spread over three days in September offering presentations and demonstrations on the latest innovations in veterinary and equine science. Take a moment to see the Blacksmith Buddy crew in action!

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How to Prepare a Horse for Competition

Horses make wonderful companions. When they are properly trained and cared for, they offer their owners a source of fun and friendship. A huge advantage of owning a horse is entering it into shows and competitions. Preparing a horse for competitions requires cleaning, planning, and grooming. It is up to the owner, veterinarian, and farrier […]

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Farrier’s Tips for Learning Horseshoeing

When a student learning horseshoeing commits to his craft, he (or she) is entering a traditional profession that has been around since the 5th century and was once considered to be an essential part of the Blacksmith’s services.  The core skills of the farrier today are relatively unchanged since medieval times, and the student falls into the same role […]

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