Cody Bogard

Meet Abigail!

Abigail has recently started apprenticing for Cody a couple days of the week until she goes to farrier school. You can read some more about her below and what she’s learning right now. “Working with horses has always been a dream for me. As long as I can remember, spending time around horses has been …

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Benefits of Joining an Association

Taking a day (or week) off means messing up the schedule and losing income, education is also not free, there is the cost of the event, the cost of travel, and if it is a multi-day event, the cost of accommodations. This year alone I will spend close to $15,000 and 300 working hours on education. The question becomes, is it worth it? I would answer that with a resounding yes. 

HISA Rules for Shoeing

Recently new rules for how Thoroughbred race horses are shod have been released causing an uproar in the racing and shoeing communities. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), operating under the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), brought out several new rules related to racing, including limiting what horseshoes are allowed to be …

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The Pursuit of More

One of the many things I love about this trade is that there is always more to learn. While a person could always assume that they know much while knowing little, this profession has the opportunity for a boundless amount of learning. DFS is built on the foundation of education, this year is no exception. …

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The Hoof Book

For this month we are back to our book review series, this time the book is for horse owners rather than farriers. Heather Beauchemin CJF TE has just published the best book on hoof care for horse owners I have ever read. Heather is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with her Therapeutic Endorsement and works in …

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Therapeutic Endorsement

This November I attempted and passed the Therapeutic Endorsement at the American Farriers Association (AFA) annual convention. The TE is one of three possible endorsements or add ons to the Journeyman (CJF).


Farrier Industry Price Increases

We have seen prices rise anywhere from 10%-300% in the past year to year and a half. Some of the shoes I like to use have been on backorder for 6 months, the glue that we use had to change how it is packaged because the company couldn’t source the normal containers, steel that we hand make shoes from has more than doubled in price and is increasingly difficult to find.