Amazing horse facts [infographic]

The horse (equus ferus caballus) is an ancient animal that has evolved over the past 50 million years to the animal we see today, in its many different breeds. The Amazing Horse Facts infographic points out some of the amazing facts about this incredible animal. If you know of any amazing facts or interesting trivia about … Read moreAmazing horse facts [infographic]

How to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of a 2 part article series. Read part 1 here. A winning game plan One of the things that determine success is how far and how well we plan ahead. Most farriers are good at planning for the technical aspect of trimming and shoeing a horse and, by the same token, they may … Read moreHow to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

Practical and natural horsemanship: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 1 of 2)

The new age of old When it comes to caring for our horses, particularly the care of their feet, we’ve made some extraordinary advances. Many of our “old school” ideas have actually evolved from what was once considered the “gut instincts” of a few to become the “true and tested” methods of many. The horses … Read morePractical and natural horsemanship: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 1 of 2)

What is the meaning behind the word “farrier”?

For more than 9 million horses that exist in this country, there are only a surprisingly modest amount of hoof care professionals. Recent surveys suggest that the number of farriers is as low as 25,000. And, despite this alarming fact, after centuries of ever-changing ideology regarding the horse and its increased popularity with the public, … Read moreWhat is the meaning behind the word “farrier”?

Horseshoe sculptures by Tom Hill

A reader sent me a few images of an artist from the UK named Tom Hill. He uses horseshoes for sculpture!

I think creating horseshoe sculptures appears easier than it really is… have you ever tried to make anything other than bridle hooks and candle holders out of horseshoes? They don’t bend easily.

Sure, we have zillions used ones around… but they’re dirty and hard as, well, steel.

So, I was intrigued to find out more about him.

TOM HILL

He must be a man of few words or maybe he has no publicist. I don’t know… but gathering information about him was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

The only way I knew he was from the UK was because we don’t have castles here. (I did find that a Lord from a castle had commissioned a piece from Hill.)

Another clue to his whereabouts came via a comment about most of his work being sold in the UK.

Finally, after using my best sleuthing, I found his website. It wasn’t intuitive. And, obviously he had switched from his former – very inutitive – website name to a somewhat obscure URL.

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Choosing the right horse riding school

The dream of getting paid for doing something they love is what attracts young people to the horse business. And what better way to start that career than with a solid education in equestrian studies. Education is, after all, concentrated experience, and two years in a good horsemanship program can be more valuable than 10 … Read moreChoosing the right horse riding school

Interview with John Burgin of the Texas Horseshoeing School

Can you tell me a little about your program and school? The Texas Horseshoeing School was started in 1988 and has been in business for 24 years. It’s different from other schools because we really specialize in individualized instruction. Also, the student’s begin shoeing and trimming horses the very first day they’re here. Who does … Read moreInterview with John Burgin of the Texas Horseshoeing School

Interview with Turley Forge Blacksmithing School’s Frank Turley

Can you tell me a little about your program and school? If a person wants a tailor-made program in farrier forge work, we can do that, but no horses on the floor. We do ironworking only. Students are taught how to use the coal forge, anvil and accessory tools. Some essential techniques developed during the course include … Read moreInterview with Turley Forge Blacksmithing School’s Frank Turley

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