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"The Hoof of the Horse" is a farriery & equine science podcast by Dr. Simon Curtis FWCF. Tune in for expertise and interviews from the world of horse hoof care. Order Simon's new book by clicking HERE. Get in touch: thehoofofthehorse@gmail.com Simon has lectured on the subject of the horse's hoof on every continent and has written for farriers, hoof-trimmers, vets and horse-owners in numerous publications. He has worked in the equine industry since 1972, where he began as a farrier in Newmarket, England.

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Episode 34:  Greg Murray in Barossa Valley, Australia (.5 CE)
Released:  May 5, 2020

How can getting out of your comfort zone help to broaden your horizons in farriery? Greg Murray has some great advice for farriers looking to travel with their work and experience more of the world, as well as sharing some of the challenges that you might face while doing so. We also learn about when he had 1 apprentice and 600 horses to shoe; the experience of working as a farrier on 5 continents; the horse racing industry in Hong Kong and South Korea, and much more. *Apologies for the ambient noise on some parts of the interview, this was last summer in Australia before audio equipment upgrades!

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Released: April 21, 2020
This week's podcast is with Lindsey Field, an avid investigator of the equine foot. We had a great discussion about hoof dissections; seedy toe vs. white line disease; along with a debate on barefoot trimming and the benefits of horseshoeing.


 
Released: April 8, 2020
This weeks podcast is a special episode about the ancient tradition of farriery, and the folklore and myths of horseshoes. Horseshoeing goes back around 2000 years, so many superstitions and legends have been attached to the horseshoe over time. Listen on for an exploration of my 7 favourite myths.

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Released: April 2, 2020
I had the pleasure of working in partnership with Colin for a number of years in Newmarket, before his wanderlust took him on to new ventures in Abu Dhabi. Colin began his career as an army farrier in his homeland of South Africa, has taken part in international competitions, shod racehorses on multiple continents, and became the first South African AWCF. It was great to catch up with my old friend and colleague.

 
Released: March 23, 2020
My guest this week is Bruce MacDonald, a New Zealand based farrier who has a wealth of knowledge and stories to share. We discussed many different areas, including how to find education in a country with no farriery school; when motorbikes replaced horses; farriery competitions and travel; shoeing with heels (caulkins)on every horse; the risks for a farrier using their hard-earned cash to build another business, and much more.

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Released: March 16, 2020
This weeks podcast is with Pär Hopman who is Chairman of the Board at the oldest farriery school in the world Biologiska Yrkeshögskolan Skara (BYS), where he himself previously studied to become a farrier. We discussed the history of the school; Pars transition from trimming cattle to horses; the different methods of training farriers in the UK and Sweden, and the difficulties that can arise there; improving teaching and apprenticeships within the farriery world, and much more.

 

Released: March 9, 2020
Dr Jenny Hagen is a farrier and Associate Professor of the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy at Universität Leipzig, where she trains new farriers and undertakes her research into the effects of trimming and shoeing on equine biomechanics and locomotion, amongst many other interesting studies. Jenny and I got together at Hoven I Centrum (Hoof in Focus) 2019 event in Denmark to discuss her work. Listen for advice on how trimming effects load distribution; relieving the superficial flexor tendon and fetlock region; how a horses conformation can change, and much more.

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Released: March 2, 2020
I had the pleasure of working in partnership with Colin for a number of years in Newmarket, before his wanderlust took him on to new ventures in Abu Dhabi. Colin began his career as an army farrier in his homeland of South Africa, has taken part in international competitions, shod racehorses on multiple continents, and became the first South African AWCF. It was great to catch up with my old friend and colleague.

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Released: February 13, 2020
I visited Ryan Harris-Hayes, a farrier and proud member of the indigenous Maori people, last year on New Zealands North Island. In this podcast, we discuss Ryans lifetime of working closely with horses and how he has forged his own path in farriery, as well as rural life in NZ, horseback hunting and gathering, shepherding, Maori heritage, and much more.

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Released: February 8, 2020
This is a great "outside the box" episode. I spoke to Michael Fruin, a master farrier and hoof specialist, after his fantastic lecture at the Australian Farriers Conference 2019. It was great to hear about Michaels journey from working at an ancient forge in England, to his current appointment as a zoo farrier in Australia and his contributions to animal welfare. Through his career, he has provided hoof care to horses, as well as other animals like zebras, hippos, giraffes, elephants, rhinos and more.

 
Released: January 7, 2020
In this episode, I speak to Doug Bradbury FWCF, who received an MBE from the Queen in 2017 for his lifetime service and contributions to the farrier profession. Throughout this working life and well-earned retirement, he has curated an incredible collection of farrier history at his museum, with his son and grandson continuing the family business. A great man with great stories. If you would like to visit Doug Bradbury's museum, please contact him via https://www.facebook.com/douglas.beadbury

 
Released: December 19, 2019
In this episode I speak to Dr Sarah Hobbs, Reader in Equine & Human Biomechanics at the University of Central Lancashire, and a former tutor of mine when I was studying at UCLAN. We discussed how Sarah has applied experience in the fields of engineering and human physiology to equine sciences; her work in leading equine research groups worldwide; how technological advancements are pushing equine biomechanics into the future, and more.

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Released: November 6, 2019
Brian is a farrier, and Co-founder of the Australian Brumby Research Unit, with a PhD specializing in the feet of feral and wild horses. In this episode we discussed how his experience in biomechanics and physiotherapy led to a career with horses; his research into Brumby horses in the Australian outback, with Chris Pollitt; his journey from barefoot trimmer to farrier; studying the natural hoof in-depth; exploring the benefits of using copper nails, and more. Find out more about Brumby Week at brumbyweek.com

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Released: October 21, 2019
Simon meets with Sarah Logie, a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, at this years Farrier Focus show. They discuss her thesis on Seedy Toe (aka White Line Disease); a new program of farriery exam mentorship & tuition; working in Scotlands wet and cold environment; hoof wall structure; and much much more. To learn more on the Farriery Tuition program discussed here, email farrierytuition@gmail.com or go to facebook.com/farrierytuition Find more information about the Scottish Equine Education Seminar on Sarahs website: sarahlogiefwcf.com/scottish-equine-education-seminar

 
Released: October 8, 2019
In this episode, Simon caught up to Link Baumann, at the Equine Podiatry & Lameness Conference earlier this year. They discuss Links career as a farrier, starting at age 14; his work in establishing the EPLC; rehydrating the horses hoof during dry weather and droughts; managing relationships with other equine professionals, and much more.

 
Released: September 25, 2019
I have some exciting news to share in this podcast, something I have been working on with the help of Sam Fowler, a farrier and videographer based in Norfolk. So I sat down to talk with Sam about his work, and to let you all know about this project we are launching together. Subscribe to our new Youtube channel: youtube.com/drsimoncurtis

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Released: September 6, 2019
A continuation from Part 2 of Simon's conversation with Professor Chris Pollitt, discussing his life, work and scientific findings. Their discussion includes some technical questions on laminitis; Brumby Week; the weight-bearing qualities of the hoof wall; the anatomy of the horses foot, and much more.

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Released: September 6, 2019
Simon meets with Professor Chris Pollitt at the Australian Farrier's Conference, beginning a two-part discussion on Chris's research on laminitis; equine medicine; how rider-horse communication can lead to better farriery; and more.

 
Released: August 31, 2019
In this episode, Simon speaks with Paul Summers, who is head farrier at the Singapore Turf Club. Paul has worked with horses for most of life, starting at age 11. The discussion includes plating racehorses; tropical fetlock disease and canker; improving integrity and transparency in horse racing; working as an ex-pat, and much more.

 
Released: August 20, 2019
In this episode, Simon speaks with Mark Christiansen, a remedial farrier working with the largest equine hospital in Denmark. They discuss many interesting topics, including apprenticeships in Denmark; cold shoeing vs hot shoeing; opinions on the increasing prevalence of suspensory ligament desmitis; improving relationships between equine professionals, and much more.

 
In this episode, Simon speaks with friend and fellow farrier Peter Strafford. They discuss Peters career start at Flemington, home of the Melbourne Cup, and his experiences in plating winners there; his unique role as Farrier Supervisor for the VRC; horseracing in Victoria, and much more.

 
In this episode Simon visits the European island of Malta, meeting with Martin Darmanin to talk about his career of over 40 years with horses, farriery regulations, and more.

 
This weeks podcast is with Sergio Muelle-Goldstein, a farrier and blacksmith, who was born in Peru and grew up in the USA and Spain before coming to the UK. He was a farrier for 27 years, working with me for 9 of those years, before retiring due to injury and moving on to knife-making and sharing his knowledge through courses.

 
Simon speaks to Paige Poss, a hoof anatomist and expert dissector from the States, who has some interesting views on shoeing and trimming. Find details of Paige's work and the Anatomy Course mentioned on her website: www.anatomy-of-the-equine.com

 
In this episode, Simon speaks to Mark Curtis, his brother and fellow farrier from Newmarket, the home of horseracing in the UK.

 
In this episode Simon speaks to Robin May, a long time colleague and friend who has a wealth of experience in Olympic level competing, the FRC, becoming a collector of absolutely everything, and more.

 
Simon interviews a long-time friend and colleague Josie Meehan. They talk about apprenticeships; equine scintigraphy, CT scans and digital radiography; the importance of collaboration between vets and farriers; and much more.

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In this episode, Simon interviews Mark Spriggs of TFP in West Sussex, UK. Topics include natural balance shoeing, working on laminitics, farriery supply businesses & more.

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Released:  March 15, 2019
In this episode, Simon interviews another long-time friend in the industry, visiting Marti Sala in Catalunya. Marti is an accomplished Three-Day Event rider who represented Spain in the Nations Cup when they won. He shoes a variety of horses, but specializes in sport horses and endurance.

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In this episode, Simon interviews veteran farrier and long-time friend in the industry, Dan Bradley, while at this years International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio USA.

 
In this episode, Simon interviews Jim Ferrie, who has a wealth of farriery knowledge to share. Highlights include: the rise in popularity of shoemaking competitions; insights into fellowship exams and setting high standards for passing; how gaining a fellowship at a young age can open doors for you in the farriery world, and more.

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In this episode Simon visits the European island of Malta, meeting with Martin Darmanin to talk about his career of over 40 years with horses, farriery regulations, and more.

 
In this episode, Simon reveals parts of his new book, explains the different stages of hoof growth in a horse's life, shares findings from his PhD and much more.

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