Gregory’s Textbook of Farriery

GREGORY’S TEXTBOOK OF FARRIERY is an incomparable step-by-step handbook on the farrier’s craft and a valuable resource if you are involved in anyway with the noble horse.

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GREGORY’S TEXTBOOK OF FARRIERY is the knowledge put to paper of one of the farrier industry’s most durable educators. This textbook was written as a teaching tool, so it is ideal for any course on farriery, equine husbandry, veterinary school, or even the one-on-one apprenticeship situation.

Created by a skilled farrier instructor, this book is like having Chris right next to you, guiding your hands and looking over your shoulder.

Whether you are a veteran of the farrier profession, a novice, or just an interested horseman, this book should be part of your library. You will find yourself referring to it over and over.

Sample Chapters:

Table of Contents
Chapter 13: Dissection
Chapter 28: Clip Fitting
Chapter 43: Lameness

About the author:
Chris Gregory has been shoeing since 1987, and teaching the trade since 1992. The only other job he had since high school has been as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. He holds a MS degree in Human Resource Development, is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, as well as an American Farrier’s Association Certified Journeyman Farrier. Chris has been named the American Farrier’s Association’s Outstanding Farrier Educator of the year twice, and co-winner with his wife Kelly once.

He has also been named the AFA Outstanding Farrier Clinician of the Year twice for his acclaimed clinics on farriery both in the U.S. and around the world. Articles that he has written have appeared in numerous trade journals and horse magazines. Chris has written and conducted farrier exams for foreign countries such as Brazil and South Africa, and is the only foreigner to ever become an examiner for the esteemed Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF).

At the age of 39, Chris was inducted in the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. His son, Cody Gregory, CJF, obtained his AFA CJF at the age of 15, and is a well-known competitor, instructor and clinician as well. His daughter, Jacquelyn Gregory, is a very successful Western horse trainer and rodeo star.

Chris, Kelly, and Cody run Heartland Horseshoeing School, in Lamar, Missouri, U.S.A.

It is hard for me to believe that this book has finally happened. This has been a long and wonderful process, and it is with joy and sorrow that I type the last of it.

I have a multitude to thank, as does any farrier that has taken this trade as far as they can. First and foremost is my wife, business partner, fellow farrier, and educator, Kelly Gregory, CF. She had the patience to allow me to forge, read, travel, write, practice, associate, and spend time with other farriers. A lot of family time was lost to the farrier trade, and I thank her for her vision of the potential. I have to thank my folks, Mike and Diana Gregory for providing my first opportunities as a farrier. My son Cody, an AFA Journeyman by the age of 15, who pushes me constantly in this craft, and also my daughter Jacquelyn, an exceptional horsewoman, who gave feedback as I experimented with her horses.

For my skills, the foremost men that impacted my career are, (in chronological order), Frank Turley, CJF, Jim Poor, CJF, Grant Moon, AWCF, Danny Ward, CJF, Kevin Hatridge, CJF, Jim Kieth, CJF, Ray Helmbold, CJF, Dave Showen, CJF, Bob Marshall, RSS, Ivon Bell, FWCF, Sandy Beveridge, FWCF, and Derek Gardener, AWCF. I have sat at the feet of masters, and from them I took what I was able. A phenomenal group of farrier elite.

I didn’t take any photos of my first 10 years of shoeing. A bad mistake because there was so much missed that would have helped some beginner avoid the mistakes that I made as a beginner. Since 1997, I have been taking pictures of any interesting foot I came across. To the tune of about 30,000 pictures. Thank you so much Melissa “Sunny” Malandrinos for categorizing them so that this book could actually happen. Sunny was a student that had to take a break from school, and asked for a project to pass the time. A request she often regretted as every surface of her home became a collage of horses’ feet in photos. There are pictures in this work that have been taken by many different individuals. Some were taken by whichever student or customer happened to be standing by, many were taken by Cody Gregory, CJF, and a few were snapped by me. The drawings in this book are either drawn by Cody or myself, and you can easily distinguish which, as his are better than mine. However, they should all get the message across, which is the main purpose behind drawing them in the first place

The content of this book is partially based upon the work by Dr. Doug Butler whose book The Principles of Horseshoeing II I used in teaching for over 12 years. I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Butler for his many contributions to the farrier industry.

I have been influenced by a lot of writings and books on farriery. Mainly authors like James Rooney, Colonel John Hickman and Martin Humphrey, A. W. Dollar and Albert Wheatley, Professor William Russell, Anton Lungwitz, Simon Curtis, OR Adams, Susan Harris, Jean-Marie Denoix, Hilary Clayton, Klaus-Dieter Budras, W.O. Sack, Sabine Rock, and others. I did not intentionally have any direct quotes from these fine authors, and where I did, they get full credit.

A good farrier friend of mine, Jeff Houston from Massachusetts, asked me about who was proof reading. My answer was “no one”. He thought that was a bad idea, so I enlisted the help of one of the smartest men I know. Dr. Mike Miller, MD, MBA, CJF, FWCF. Even though he spent hours agonizing over what I had written, ultimately the mistakes herein are mine and mine alone. You may learn more by what I did wrong than by what I did right. Humans remember mistakes easily, as every farrier knows, and those that you find in here you will remember. This means you will still learn from this book, even though it is through the back door. If you would send corrections to me, I hope to have the need of a second printing, and a chance to catch those mistakes that got by in the first printing. And yes, there will be several that got by, of that I have no doubt. (I did send Jeff a couple of chapters, and he asked that I not do that anymore.)

Marie Leginus, CJF, from British Columbia did a lot of reading and mistake correcting. It was amazing the mistakes she found in what I thought was a final draft. She is a very smart farrier. The final editing was done by Pat Tierney, Senior Editor from Lessiter Publishing. Pat Tierney, (editor extraordinaire), Alice Musser, and Frank Lessiter were instrumental in getting this thing from computer to paper. The outstanding layout was done by Christopher Nielsen. Although not a farrier, his creative ability is superb.

Many years ago, Frank Lessiter, of Lessiter Publishing, started to publish some of my articles, as well as gave me a position as an Editorial Advisor. His trust in me was key to the fact that I ever wrote anything on the subject, so I owe Frank a great debt of gratitude.

Mustad Corporation, in particular Marguerite Paige and Carlos Lara, sponsored me as one of their farrier clinicians, and that trust is also one that I treasure. Through them, I have had opportunities that many farriers would not, which has allowed me a lot of learning.

The Worshipful Company of Farriers and the American Farriers Association have allowed me to rub elbows with some of the greatest farriers in the world, so I thank them as well.

My fellow farriers from around the world have been free with knowledge, advice, and kinship. I thank the group of rugged, independent, clever, strong, and individual as they come, people who make up this trade. And of course, the horse. Without this noble beast, there would be no need of farriers. I have marveled at and been intrigued with this great animal for as long as I can remember, and it has been a true gift to have made my living with the horse at the center of it.

Dear Reader, you have my humble thanks for buying this book. If a couple of farriers and their horses benefit from this work, it has been worth it. May you be blessed and prosper in this amazing craft, and continue to add and improve upon this effort, which is only the tip of the iceberg.

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