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Scott the Red Lobster Bushaw

Scott Bushaw comes to the Heartland from Byron, Michigan. Like most northerners, the heat of Missouri can leave a mark, so we tagged him Red Lobster. That name didn’t stick like some, but we still use it once in a while when he is either red from the sun or blushing. Scott has been here…
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Brendan “Captain Keith” Venne

Captain Keith, AKA Brendan Venne, has been in the school since February. Originally, he was going to be in the Farrier Blacksmith Course and follow it up with the Advanced Farrier Course. After seeing how much there was to know, how hard it was going to be to learn, and how we taught the material,…
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Miles Converted Into Kilometers in the Heartland

I have taught a lot of people over the years, and they have come to school for a lot of reasons. Most people become farriers out of a recognized need and a desire to help the horse. However, Miles came to school out of a desire to help the horseshoer. Since he is a Canadian,…
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Andy Salzmann Begins His Farrier Career.

Andy “Elmo” Salzmann is the student that is the next subject of this blog. Andy is originally from the Kansas City, MO., area, but has been a Floridian for the last several years. Like a lot of us, Andy doesn’t care for the cold that much. Not a great trait if you are going to…
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What The Heartland Means To Those That Have Survived It

I have a philosophy of teaching that has been used for centuries with great success. It basically boils down to that you teach in the hardest environment and that makes the reality of the skill actually easier than the training. As one of our shirts has written on the back of it, “The More We…
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How To Handle Your Business From a HHS Graduate

I have been teaching for a very long time. There are some graduates that surprise you, some that make you proud, and some that you would rather not claim. When you see a job that is not as good as it could be from a graduate, you feel bad that you weren’t able to instill…
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Perspectiva y la Industria Herrero del Mundo

Una ves mas esto taducido por mi gran amigo, Emilio Gionatti. La perspectiva es algo realmente interesante. Muchas veces durante mi carrera me eh puesto a pensar sobre esto. Aquí cuento una historia que realmente explica como la evaluación de una misma situación puede tener significados diferentes para distintas personas. Si bien no me ha…
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Perspective and the World’s Farrier Industry.

Perspective is such an interesting thing. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this over my career. Here is a story I heard that really brings home how the evaluation of a situation can have incredibly different meanings to different people. While I haven’t been able to verify this story as true, that…
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Clinic and Contest in Mexico City with Mustad Mexico

My good friend, Emilio Gionatti, CJF, ASF, has translated this blog in Spanish. Read to the end to find the Spanish translation Mi mejor amigo, Emilio Gionatti, CJF, ASF, ha traducido este blog en español. Leer hasta el final para encontrar la traducción al español The clinic and contest in Mexico City for Mustad Mexico…
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Farrier Apprenticeship or Farrier School?

School vs. Apprenticeship. This is a great question and one that I have had a lot of experience with during my 30+ years of shoeing horses. Going to school is the fastest and most comprehensive way to become a competent farrier. There it is, stated clearly and directly, my opinion on how to enter and…
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