Burney Chapman

World-renowned farrier and speaker Burney Chapman of Lubbock, Texas, died on Thursday, Nov. 11, following a long battle with brain cancer. Chapman was 57.

Burney Chapman is best known as the farrier who reintroduced the heart bar shoe for therapeutic use on foundered or laminitic horses. For more than 30 years, his practice was limited to the shoeing of foundered horses. His realm of influence spread from the ranches of his home state of Texas to the royal stables of the Middle East. He often flew himself from foundered horse to foundered horse in his twin-engine plane.

Born in Fort Worth, Chapman worked during college for the famous 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. A graduate of Texas Tech University, he was certified by the American Farrier’s Association, an organization he supported for many years. He was elected in the first round of balloting for the Kentucky Derby Museum’s "Horseshoer’s Hall of Fame" in 1993.

Chapman dedicated his professional life to educating farriers and horse owners, and was a popular lecturer. His client list was a veritable "Who’s Who" of worldwide horse breeders and competitors, though he enjoyed working with pet horses as much as champions. Horses in Japan, Qatar, Ireland, England, and many other countries benefited from his personal attention to laminitis shoeing.

Chapman pioneered new techniques in gluing horseshoes to hooves. As a consultant to Glu-Strider/Mustad International, Chapman was an early advocate of nutritional supplementation for hoof growth, leading to a consulting position with Life Data Labs, makers of Farriers Formula. He also worked with Thoro’Bred Racing Plate Company on new materials and shoes. Before his death, Chapman’s research focused on the causes and treatment of white line disease in horses.

Donations in Burney Chapman’s memory can be made to the American Farrier’s Association, 4059 Iron Works Pike, Suite 2, Lexington KY 40511.

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