b'BFBAWhat did you think of Focus?Now over 10 years old, BFBA Focus has grown year on year. Our aim is to continue to make it better. This means that planning the next one begins as soon as the previous one has finished. This year, we asked you what you thought, in order to help us plan for 2020. We asked what you liked, how you rated the event, whether you had seen thepre-publicity in Forge, on Facebook and the website, and how you enjoyed the many aspects of BFBA Focus. Over 1000 farriers attended the two- day event and heres what some of you said about it.Are you a farrier, apprentice, other? How useful did you find the Farrier 67%demonstrations?Apprentice 17%Excellent 57% Other 16% Above average 35% Average 8%How well informed were you in theHow do you rate this event? How would you rate the usefulness run up to the event? Excellent 73%of this event to your job?Excellent 54%Above average 22%Excellent 65% Above average 34%Average 5% Above average 25% Average 10%Average 9% Below average 1% Poor 1% How useful did you find theBelow average 1%presentations?Which days did you attend? Excellent 53%On a scale of 1 to 10 how likely are Above average 36%you to recommend this event to a Both 47%Average 8%friend or colleague (where 1 is likely Saturday 39%Below average 2%and 10 is very likely)?Sunday 14% Poor 1% 9We offered the opportunity to win 50 and a BFBA hoody for completing our questionnaire. The winner was Den Duthie DipWCF.WHATS IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF FORGE KNOWLEDGE?Robert Shave FWCF studied growth rates around the hoof capsule perimeter for his fellowship thesis. In his introduction, he questions whether the hoof wall grows evenly distally to the coronary epidermis. If this is true, why is it that farriers rarely trim an even amount off the hoof capsules peripheral border? He set out to investigate whether all areas of the wall of the hoof capsule grow at the same rate or whether differences can be seen within a foot, between feet in the same horse and between males and females. This article has been peer reviewed.Yogi Sharp DipWCF DipHEthe Equine Documentalistsays that farriery can often be accused of being forelimb focused. This is not surprising, he says, as most of the research on horses feet has been forelimb dominant; however, there are set parameters for the ideal fore hoof conformation (but not the hind); and the majority of diagrams in farriery texts use the fore hoof for illustrative purposes. But the hindlimbs and hooves have a different job from the fore. He says more attention should be paid to shoeing the hinds.Forge Knowledge is the BFBAs CPD journal for members. If you dont receive it, you are not a BFBA member.16 |FORGE|November 2019'