AFJ Podcasts

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"Interview with Curtis Burns APF-I"
Curtis Burns' life has been a series of acts. From running away from his Minnesotan home, he's since moved from jockey to trainer, trainer turned farrier, farrier turned innovator and entrepreneur. With an introduction to horses as a child, Burns joined the world of horse racing, taking him to South Dakota where he eventually became a jockey. Thanks to the connections and horsepeople he'd had at this point, his career then shifted to horse training, however it was the "do it yourself" mentality he'd learned from his farm upbringing that led him to farriery. The attention and care that he showed those horses caught the attention of other trainers and gradually he left horse training for full-time farriery.  In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with Curtis, discussing the many milestones in his varied career, such as navigating the track licensing process, his struggles with clients and his experiences shoeing many prominent racehorses including the most recent winner of the Triple Crown, Justify. Curtis also shares the story of how a chance encounter with an injured horse led to the most recent chapter of his life.

"Interview with Mark Caldwell PhD FWCF"

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable farriers in the world, Mark Caldwell of Alsager, England. Mark Caldwell, like many others, was introduced to farriery during his time in the armed services. Having had no prior interest in forging or horses, Mark saw an opening in the army forge since they never had ceremonial duties as well as getting a day off each Wednesdays. After his time in the army, Caldwell found himself in a difficult position, however among his meager possessions was a set of tools from his military time which he used to work trimming hooves. The story might've ended there, except for his fateful entry into a shoeing competition in which something finally clicked and the young farrier finally decided to devote himself to the craft. In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with Mark Caldwell of Alsager, England, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable farriers in the world. The two will discuss his journey into farriery, a chance meeting with Burney Chapman and how now strives to impart the importance of building knowledge to the farriery profession.

"Interview with Dick Fanguy CJF"
In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by American Equus, Editor Jeremy McGovern spoke with Dick Fanguy, CJF, who previously served as American Farrier’s Association president. He remains involved with the industry by consulting with farrier cases and representing Stonewell Bodies.
"Interview with Dr. Renate Weller (Evidence-Based Farriery)"

In the world of equine research, there aren't as many papers covering the foot and lower limb as there are in other subjects.  There are a number of reasons for this, including the limited inclusion and lack of leadership in farriers conducting these research projects.  For this to change, and to build our understanding of evidence-based farriery, industry members need to obtain the skill set for conducting this research.  In 2017 the Royal Veterinary College launched the Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research in England. They have now teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania to expand the program for U.S. Farriers.  To further address this need, one of the leaders of this program, Dr. Renate Weller, co-authored a paper published in the Equine Veterinary Journal on the state of evidence-based farriery,  In this podcast, brought to you by American Equus, Weller discusses the program and offers insights on the editorial she contributed to.

"Interview with Simon Curtis PhD"

American Farriers Journal editor Jeremy McGovern recently sat down for a conversation with renowned farrier and lecturer, Dr. Simon Curtis.  Based in Newmarket, the racing center of England, Curtis has a long family history of farriery, dating back generations. Having received his PhD in hoof development and growth from the University of Central Lancashire with his thesis; The effect of loading upon hoof growth and hoof shape in Thoroughbred foals. Although he travels the world lecturing on footcare, Curtis still enjoys farriery occasionally finding time to get out shoe horses, even following his retirement from RossdalesIn this podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, Curtis discusses his family history with farriery, education and discoveries regarding hoof growth in foals and his experiences as an authority on hooves.


"Interview with Ken Mankel CJF"
In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Smart Pak we sit down with Hall of Fame horseshoer Ken Mankel. In 1954, Ken Mankel answered an ad searching for someone with experience with horses and mules. The decision changed his life and moved him west to begin his career. In this podcast, Mankel discusses his introduction to farriery, his experiences with the U.S. Army mule outfit and his innovative work in developing a propane forge.


"Interview with Lee Green CJF"
In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, we sit down with International Horseshoeing Hall Of Famer Lee Green. Green’s first interaction with shoeing an animal was at the age of 13 with a mule. This experience helped inspire his career as a farrier. Through his decades of shoeing mules, he’s developed keen insight on the animal’s footcare. In this podcast, Green discusses his introduction to farriery, his experiences in shoeing competitions, his family legacy in horseshoeing and building relationships with the farrier supply industry.

"Interview with Grant Moon CJF AWCF"

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, we sit down with International Horseshoeing Hall Of Famer and clinician Grant Moon.  American Farriers Journal editor Jeremy McGovern made the trip over to England to sit down with the renowned farrier, Grant Moon. Grant Moon got his start doing farrier competitions in Wales where he rose through the ranks to become a common name in the industry. He's worked closely with many famed farriers, putting on a number of clinics in both the US and Europe throughout the years. In this podcast, brought to you by Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center, Grant discusses his introduction to farriery, the important people he's worked with and the lessons he's learned throughout his impressive career.


"Interview with Roy Bloom CJF APF-I"
In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Farrier Science Clinic, we sit down with craftsman and farrier Roy Bloom. Founder of Bloom Forge Tools and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, Bloom has become a name recognized throughout the farrier industry for both his knowledge of the craft and his skills at creating the tools used by farriers worldwide. In this podcast, American Farriers Journal editor, Frank Lessiter, visits with Bloom as he recounts how he found his way into farriery, the highlights and low points in his career, the lifelong friendships he's forged, and how he found himself becoming a leader within his local community. 


"Interview with Sonny Broadus APF"
In this week's episode, legendary track shoer Sonny Broadus joins us to talk about his work. Broadus began in 1965 and built a career shoeing track Thoroughbreds. He talks about his career, shares advice for succeeding as a track farrier and entertains with a few stories about track life for the farrier years ago.

"Interview with Tom Willoughby CF APF"

In this week's episode, brought to you by G.E. Forge & Tool, we sat down with artist Tom Willoughby. A farrier for 33 years, Tom talks about where he gets his ideas, the most important tool a farrier has and advice for better seeing the foot through drawing it. In this podcast, Tom recounts what led him to farriery, his years working with fellow farrier Roy Bloom CJF APF-I and the importance of listening to the advice from his elders.


"Interview with Renate Weller Dr Med.Vet, PhD, MRCVS, FHEA"

In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by Razerhorse, we welcome Dr. Renate Weller of the Equine Locomotion Research Program. Renate is a professor of comparative biomechanics and imaging dividing her time between clinical work, research and teaching in large animal diagnostic imaging and locomotor biomechanics. She is a key member of the Equine Locomotion Research Program, with the support of members of the RVC’s Structure and Motion Lab and the Equine Referral Hospital. The Royal Veterinary College program offers a diploma to farriers who participate in research. They are now expanding this to the United States. In this podcast, Dr. Renate Weller explains the program and what farriers can expect from participating in it. For more information about the graduate diploma, please visit:

"Interview with Bruce Matthews CJF"

For 45 years, Bruce Matthews has shod horses In New England and earned a reputation for working with draft horses.  Bruce shares his thoughts on shoeing drafts, his position as founder and President of Vermont Farriers Association.  He'll also discuss the importance of being safe in your work with draft horses, retirement and being mindful of what you say in front of clients.

"Interview with Ray Legel"

Ray Legel shod horses in Iowa and Texas for a few decades until a bad back ultimately limited his work to consultations. Today, he spends most of his time in horseshoeing mentoring young farriers. In this episode, he talks about his career, his published stories, and insight on shoeing reining horses. Following the interview, we feature an excerpt from Ray's book, "Tails of a Horseshoer."

"Interview with Steve Kraus CJF APF"

In this week's episode, we chat with farrier Steve Kraus. He discusses his decades in farriery, his role in educating farriers and vet students, working as a Mustad clinician and what makes an idea an innovation. Steve has been the head farrier of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine since 2010 and has been the farrier for all the equine programs in the Cornell University Athletic Department, which includes the Cornell Polo Team, Equestrian Team, and Physical Education Riding Program.

"Interview with Mitch Taylor CJF AWCF APF"

Mitch is most recognizable throughout the industry as the head of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School and a go-to clinician for presentations on equine anatomy. However before he was known as an educator, he spent his time working as a farrier in various disciplines, including racetracks out west and in the Bluegrass state. In this episode, Mitch shares stories about his time as a farrier, what it was like learning under a legend in veterinary medicine, and gives advice on building your practice after you relocate to a new location.

"Interview with Ada Gates Patton CF"
Ada Gates has been on television as an ambassador for the farrier industry, but things weren’t always as breezy for her. For years she worked to learn the trade but found breaking into it challenging. In 1978, she became the first woman licensed in the United States and Canada for shoeing track Thoroughbreds. Over the years she built a career that led her to shoe for international competition and the farrier supply industry. In this episode, she shares her experiences in the farrier trade.

"Interview with Dick Becker CJF"

Dick Becker began shoeing horses after he returned from service in Vietnam. He’s learned many important lessons over the years. During our conversation, he discusses how he got into farriery, client management and how one horse can make you rethink footcare lessons taken as fact.


"Interview with Dave Farley CF APF-I"
During our conversation, Dave discusses his career and the important lessons he learned about running a business as a business. He also shares his insights on taking control of the relationship with clients and how the American Association of Professional Farriers credentialing program is a challenge for measuring your footcare knowledge.


"Interview with Arnie Gervasio"
Starting out in the 1960s working with Quarter Horses, Arnie's now regarded as one of the top sport horse farriers in the United States. In this episode, he talks about his history in the industry and shares his views on showing sport horses.


In this episode of the American Farriers Journal podcast, brought to you by SmartPak, we welcome Haydn Price as he shares insight on the British system of education, his work with dressage horses and managing the pressure when shoeing for high-end performance horses.


"Interview with Danvers Child CJF"
In this interview, Danvers talks about his history in farriery, how to critique your work, strategies for better communication, and how he approaches high/low hooves.


"Interview with Craig Trnka CJF APF"
AFJ Executive Editor Jeremy McGovern interviews Craig regarding the Word Championship Blacksmiths, how he got into horseshoeing, building confidence and an unexpected benefit of competition.horseshoeing, building confidence and an unexpected benefit of competition.