In 1988, the American Farrier’s Association™ established a research foundation to seek out and financially support research projects that contribute to the scientific body of knowledge about the foot, lameness, and locomotion. Through annual grants and the generous individual support of members and the horse-owning public, the AFA continues to fund new research.
At the end of 2016, the committee started to build a new program in which a farrier is paired with an academic mentor to carry out a small research program through a grant awarded from the research fund. In addition, the committee now offers clinics at least once a year to introduce farriers to statistics and the scientific method. Committee members will also offer guidance to members that would like to undertake research, regardless of whether they were awarded a grant through the research fund.
The first grant to an AFA member was was awarded to Travis Burns, CJF, EE, TE, FWCF in 2018. He is using the funds to research crack repair options for performance horses. We look forward to seeing the results of his work!
Supporting researchers is just one more way the AFA is giving farriers in the industry an opportunity to be a care giving organization. After all, the foot is all about giving support. May we always keep our best foot forward! Please consider the AFA Equine Research Foundation when you are offering condolences to a client or friend. Your support is helping farriers help others.
To learn more about Equine Research and to participate in the grants program please contact committtee chairman, Doug Russo, CJF, AWCF