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Knife Making Clinic in the Heartland with Billy Helton

Billy Helton Knife Making Clinic: A few years ago a show came out on the History Channel called Forged In Fire. It is a show where knife makers compete against each other for an eventual prize of $10,000.00. One of the contestants on the very first show was a knife maker that lives a couple…
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Hands-on clinic in South Carolina with Shearer Wludyka

South Carolina. Doing clinics is a lot of fun, and they all have their unique feel to them. One of the biggest blessings in my career is that so many of the clinics that I get to do are being done with and for people who we consider good and close friends. There could be…
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Whole Horse Dissection in Oklahoma

  We have done a lot of whole horse dissections in the Heartland. They are amazing learning opportunities, and I learn again every time we do one. There is more to know about equine anatomy than I will ever learn, but adding a little bit to it whenever I can is a great thing.  …
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Hoof Knife Salesman Supreme

Selling Knives If you are just shoeing horses and loving the farrier trade, then you are where I was for many years. In 1992, I did my first clinic, and came on board as a Mustad clinician in the late 90s. However, it wasn’t until my book came out in 2011 that I really got…
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Cincinnati and the Summit

14th Annual AFJ International Hoof Care Summit When I got back from Lee’s it was time to wash clothes and repack them for the trip to Cincinnati. I have been to the Summit every year, and was lucky enough to be a speaker again this year.   The trip to Cincinnati is always a highlight…
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AFA Clinic at The Shoein’ Shop.

California We got home on from Jamaica on a Wednesday, and less than 48 hours later I was on a plane to California to do the American Farrier’s Association clinic at The Shoein’ Shop in Yucaipa, CA. This farrier supply shop was opened decades ago by Lee Green and his family. I had done their…
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Kelly becomes a SCUBA diver.

Certified SCUBA Diver – No way!   Early January found us on vacation at Ocho Rios, Jamaica.   It is not often that I have to pay for travel, but we do make the exception once a year when we take a beach vacation. I have no doubt that I could have been a beach…
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The reason we went to Argentina in the first place, The Clinic.

The Argentine Clinic The folks at Mustad had planned the clinic several months in advance, and they allowed their suppliers to send their customers for the hands-on clinic. I know this caused a little problem since there were limited spots, but there really wasn’t any other way to make it fair. Also, having too many…
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A couple days off before the work.

Mar De Plata and the rental car tour of Argentina. Pedro had planned for us to take a little holiday before the clinic. One thing I did not know about Pedro was that he had no idea what distance means as it relates to time. It’s like he looks at a map and thinks that…
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Bottom of the world and a whirlwind trip around Tierra Del Fuego

. The Trip continued. The next day, we got up extremely early, (still light), and headed to Ushuaia. Ushuaia is at the bottom of the world. We were only 600 miles from Antarctica. Pedro has done shoeing clinics for Mustad all over Argentina, so he has farrier contacts all over Argentina. We stopped and saw…
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