AERC: March 7 Friday Jeff Pauley CJF, AWCF– shoeing for endurance

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Presenter: Jeff Pauley
Contact information:
CJF–Certified Journeyman Farrier
AWCF–Associateship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. Yep. I looked it UP!

Jeff starts out with * I have been shoeing a long time and seen a lot*. Ok, educate us please!
I enjoy it when a speaker asks us questions to get our brains working, Jeff does that:
Q1. What is your farrier’s responsibility?
Answers from brave audience members ( AfBA) Lol.
variously: *balance your horse’s feet*, *provide balance*, *shoe my horse*, lots of quiet with thought bubbles * what is this guy’s game?*
Jeff’s answer: Stay out of your horse’s way. LOVE THAT! My farrier says much the same thing…

Q2. What is expected of your farrier?
yeah, everyone says *Miracles*– much laughter 🙂 yep
Jeff’s answer: professionalism, honesty,be forthcoming, excellent communication skills.

Q3. Whom do you ask when you have issues concerning horse’s feet?
Jeff’s answer? I was talking and did not catch this… MY answer was my farrier and veterinarian.

Jeff Says:
Farriers are after optimal performance
Identify and achieve balance for the individual horse
Minimize stress that causes injury
Buy smart ( was that shoes? farrier or the horse or all Jeff?)
OH, it was all– for Optimal performance:
Jeff Says: quote “Don’t try to make chicken salad from chicken s***” hahahahaha. oops, isn;t that what I did? sigh….. yeah, nine pages of mistakes LATER. Taking notes now.

BUY SMART: pay attention to horse conformation because Form affects Function, yep it does!
pay attention to horse posture, hoof quality, for the level of work you plan to use your horse for hoof quality is of utmost importance. He is a big believer in supplements for hoof health. Hoof quality is controlled by environment, nutrition, genetics, training and farrier/vet decisions.

Jeff Says: your farrier should shoe the horse, not a trend or philosophy; open-minded farriers tend to have the horse’s best interests in mind.Jeff went on to say the following about Static and Dynamic Balance:
Static Balance rules: evaluate the horse as they are standing square, all four feet with even weight bearing, assess each leg as an individual unit; assess growth rings– are they compressed? that means uneven stress. But, trimming one side of the hoof to tilt the hoof capsule rarely works.
Dynamic balance– arabians tend to have offset knees, toes in, flared medially which leads to paddling, landing hard on the lateral wall and breaking over the outside toe. ( You can BET I am taking this to MY awesome farrier and have him explain again and point out what this means to MY horses). Jeff continues: All horses have some hoof distortion farriers should maintain that distortion and keep the horse comfortable. He also said that *striking or forging* is a front end issue. Jeff said that quite a bit of what he has learned and read is from Simon Curtis and

Jeff went on to say, again, that function follows form; that farriers can affect foot landing, weight bearing phase and break over, but as soon as the hoof leaves the ground, conformation takes over. However, farriers should assess the horse in motion to see all phasess so they can better affect the parts they can have some affect on. Since there is tissue adaptability, from repetetive loading, ( e.g. tendons, ligament and bone) xrays are important prior to first race of the season. Farrier is looking for vertical depth, bony alignment, joint spacing, and hoof capsule in relation to P3 pre-shoeing. Wow! Xrays? by and for a farrier?

After all that, Jeff said that most injuries occur in the loading phase ( stance phase) and that uncollected horses are at more risk of injury– yep, a farrier said that! we should collect our horses, and shoe at shorter intervals [because more growth=more distortion]–>and choose our rides wisely because we don’t want to ask our horses to compete on surfaces that exceed their hoof mass. Huh? what? if a horse tends to hoof issues? pay more and closer attention to conditioning and competetive surfaces… wow… so much to think about here. Think about the different surfaces on which we compete- and the different needs of the hoof/horse ( Remember NO HOOF NO HORSE!) for the different surfaces– if we are competing in sand we want flotation conversely if we are competing in or on technical trails we want traction. Different shoes can be used to achieve these effects to minimize injury ( soft tissue injury in sand and other types of injury on technical terrain).

Jeff said we should study the terrain on which we compete— tell our farrier if we have any suspicion of injuries, try to correct defects before they become a problem so we are paying very close attention. Since shoes are an extension of the hoof capsule and that we want the shoe to dissipate the energy from the landing, that we want the lightest weight shoe possible without jeopardizing support and rigidity. Too light or too heavy of a shoe =foot soreness.

Lastly, Jeff recommended that the IDEAL shoeing schedule is 10 days prior to a ride.

Signing off now, to go REplan my ride and shoeing schedule.


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