March 14, 2016 by RAZERHORSE BLOG
Jeremy McGovern from American Farrier’s Journal attended the North Texas Farrier Clinic, sponsored by Razerhorse. Here’s his write-up on the event:
Farriers gathered on May 12 for a clinic held in conjunction with a barrel event at the Diamond T Arena in Denton, Texas. The day was sponsored by Razerhorse and featured Mitch Taylor and Ian McKinlay as clinicians.
Mitch Taylor of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky., performed dissections of three fore limbs, stressing that farriers understand anatomy and the function of the foot. His thorough review examined the internal structures and shed light on why certain injuries occur.
Ian McKinlay learned horseshoeing from his father and was first paid for shoeing a horse back in the early 1970s. First shoeing Standardbreds, then track Thoroughbreds, McKinley earned a reputation as someone who could help get a horse (especially one with a quarter crack) back in competition. In the heyday of the Meadowlands, he would see about 20 crack cases each day. Today, his practice is devoted to tackling emergency cases and then turning the horse back to the primary farriers.