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Sunday, February 28, 2010

New DVD "The Balanced Horse" Offers Hoofcare Advice from Two of the World's Most Respected Farriers

28 February 2010 | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Now ready for shipping from Hoofcare Books: The Balanced Horse by Jim and Allan Ferrie. 60 minutes; This DVD is designed to be played worldwide on PAL systems; in North America, this DVD will play on computers and laptops with DVD capabilities. Cost is $49 per DVD plus $5 post in USA; $8 post to other countries. To order call 978 281 3222; send email orders to books@hoofcare.com; fax to 978 283 8775. Click here to send a direct Paypal payment. Mail checks to Hoofcare Publishing, 19 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA 01930 USA.

The whole horse world is the classroom in this easy-to-watch magazine-style briefing on hoofcare and farriery topics from Jim and Allan Ferrie. The Ferries' new DVD is broken down into easy to understand, bite-sized chapters which explain assessment of the hoof and limb (both standing and in motion), the use of studs, remedial shoeing, emergency shoe removal and much more. It is perfect for classroom use, library collections, personal study, or general enrichment.



Farriers at work: Allan Ferrie (right) and an apprentice work on two of the Clydesdales stabled in a park in Glasgow, Scotland; originally uploaded by jascmorgan; thanks for sharing!

This DVD is highly recommended as a basic building block of any educational library on hoofcare, farriery or horse management and is a companion to their successful first DVD, Shoemaking and Shoeing for Heavy Horses: Secrets of Success (80 minutes, available in North American format from our Hoofcare Books department; also $49 plus $5 post in USA). Click here to read a review of the first DVD and learn more about its contents.

Jim and Allan Ferrie run a multi-farrier practice and train apprentices in Newmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland. Both brothers are Fellows of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and examiners in the British system administered by the Worshipful Company. They have also both excelled in international farrier competitions all over the world and have represented Scotland as team members. They are consummate teachers with a strong dedication to improving the level of care provided to horses.

Allan (left) and Jim (middle) Ferrie were recently honored by the Scottish Equestrian Association in recognition of their contribution to the equine industry at a reception at Scottish Parliament. At right is Scottish Minister for the Environment, Michael Russell.

While Allan and Jim are known the world over for their work on the hooves of the great Clydesdale horses of Scotland, their practice is quite diverse and includes all sorts of horses, competing in all sports and disciplines. The practice also supplies farrier services to the University of Glasgow's veterinary college hospital and to many veterinary surgeons in the Ayrshire region of Scotland. Both brothers are members of the International Horseshoers Hall of Fame.

Jim and Allan also own J and A Ferrie Farrier Supplies, one of the leading farrier retail companies in Europe; their firm, managed by Alan Murdoch, is the European distributor for GE Tools. Should I even mention the salmon fishing guide business, the guest cabin for fly fishermen, the well-bred gun dogs and that stunning splashy-colored crossbred colt in the front paddock?

Where and how the Ferrie brothers found time to make a video is anyone's guess but you'll be glad they did when you watch this DVD. Both DVDs flew off our booth's table at the recent American Farrier's Association convention; people didn't even ask what was on the DVDs. They saw the Ferrie name and that was all they needed to see to know that this was something they wanted and would find valuable.

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