The Horse’s Hoof: 7 Major Parts and 6 Signs of Problems

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No Hoof, No Horse There’s a well-known saying that states, “no hoof, no horse.” As a horse owner or caregiver, being familiar with the horse’s hoof and what’s considered healthy is important. If a horse has unhealthy feet, it may not be possible for the horse to be ridden. The horse may also end up … Read moreThe Horse’s Hoof: 7 Major Parts and 6 Signs of Problems

Baby’s First Trim

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Spring is about to spring! Time to start seriously thinking about babies. And by that I mean horse babies. Before you know it, they will have to stand still and you will have to trim them. And cute as they are, they are often terrible at standing still and letting people do stuff to them, … Read moreBaby’s First Trim

Farrier Work with the Older Horse

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Old age sounds terrible. Physically. Mentally, it sounds amazing because you can say whatever’s on your mind and not care what anybody thinks about it. Being around older horses suggests that our equine partners experience the exact same thing as they age. They care way less about what people think, but they do need some … Read moreFarrier Work with the Older Horse

Speak the Same Language: Farrier Terms Decoded

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Updated: October 25, 2019 Horse owners and clients have an amazing ability to nod along when farriers drift into technical talk precisely as if we know exactly what’s going on. It’s a good strategy for not looking like an idiot, but it’s often not the best strategy for gaining the detailed information that would help … Read moreSpeak the Same Language: Farrier Terms Decoded

Stretches That Will Save You

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Later in life you will think back to that time last month when your client’s ornery 21 hand draft cross explained her disinclination to wear her new painstakingly forged shoes by casually but repeatedly jerking you into the air and wrenching you into a pretzel. That night you iced and, to be honest, drank an … Read moreStretches That Will Save You

The Long Drive Home: Things to Do on the Daily Drive

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Spring has sprung, the nights are getting shorter and the work day is growing longer. And longer. Aaaaaand longer. Too bad so much of that day is spent behind the wheel of the truck. Driving is boring. And unproductive. You can be as crafty as you like about scheduling your clients by geographical area so … Read moreThe Long Drive Home: Things to Do on the Daily Drive

Farrier History

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Updated: Oct. 2, 2019 The practice of farriery is definitely a unique one within the horse industry. The farrier is expected to demonstrate a high level of skill at a number of jobs that are usually the specialties of other occupations. The farrier (well…the good farrier…) has to be a forger and a welder, a … Read moreFarrier History

Make the Most of the First Trim

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In any business, starting a new relationship with a client is an exciting and suspenseful time. This client could be with you for the next few decades and bake cookies for you faithfully every year for the holidays, or they could be “that guy”—the crazy person who’s late, cancels all the time, questions your judgment … Read moreMake the Most of the First Trim

Selling the Skills: Marketing Yourself as a New Farrier

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Maybe you got into the world of farriery because you didn’t want to have to think about marketing, branding, soul crushing cubicle offices, or the other trappings of the business world. Your “office” might actually be the cab of your truck, and “casual Fridays” might be something you (rightly) make fun of as you pull … Read moreSelling the Skills: Marketing Yourself as a New Farrier

Top 5 Online Farrier Resources

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Updated: October 25, 2019 The internet is awash with fantastic resources for blacksmiths, farriers new and experienced, and owners who shoe their own horses. The nice thing about the Internet is that in theory, it’s there 24/7 (excepting natural disasters, service problems, equipment failure and power outages), and you don’t have to wait for it … Read moreTop 5 Online Farrier Resources

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