Louisiana Rescue Horse Shoeing Task Force

The American Farrier's Association (AFA) President Craig Trnka, CJF announced the formation of the Louisiana Rescue Horse Shoeing Task Force created to provide care for the horses affected by the recent hurricanes, according to a press release.

In charge of the special task force is Ron Kramedjian of Lynnville, Tennessee. The AFA's objective is to observe, treat, and prepare abandoned horses for adoption. These horses are currently under the care of veterinarians at Louisiana State University.

A group of volunteer farriers plan to travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, October 2.  For three days, the farriers will work with veterinarians at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, Louisiana to provide the displaced horses with appropriate foot and veterinary care. An estimated 200 horses will be handled during the three days.

Needs for this operation:
1.  Farriers - Current volunteers include Bunny Goodrich; R.T. Goodrich, CJF; Eric White; Richard Fanguy, CJF; Danvers Child, CJF; David Hodges, CJF; Leslie Falvey, CJF; and others from the Southern Farriers Association and the Music City Horseshoers Association.  Additional volunteers are definitely needed.
2.  Equipment & Supplies - Commitments for equipment and supplies have been received from Delta Horseshoe Co.; Equilox International; Flatland Forge; GE Forge & Tool; Sideline, Inc.; Simonds International; and St. Croix Forge.  As other commitments are learned they will be added to this list.
3.  Campers & Trailers - Housing accommodations in that area are at a minimum.  Mr. Kramedjian is looking for campers, trailers, and other mobile facilities for the farriers to spend the night. 

To learn more about this special task force and its initiatives, to volunteer your time and talents, or to donate equipment and supplies, please call Ron Kramedjian at 931-424-5581.  He can also be emailed at ron@kramedjian.com.  Financial contributions are also being solicited to offset the costs of supplies that will need to be purchased.  Excess funds will be donated to the AFA's 501(c) 3 Farrier Relief Fund. 

The American Farrier's Association is headquartered in the National Horse Center at the Kentucky Horse Park.  For more information on the AFA, their certification program, guides to proper hoof care, or how to find (or become) a farrier, visit www.AmericanFarriers.org or call (859) 233-7411.

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Chad Mendell

Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for TheHorse.com .

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