(posted for the A to Z Challenge)
F is for Farrier.
My farrier is fabulous. (No, I’m not sharing his name or number. Wouldn’t want him overloaded with so many clients that he couldn’t show up for tossed shoe emergencies!)
A truly skilled blacksmith is a horse owner’s dream. My farrier, for example, has corrected chipping feet, balancing issues and even temporary lameness by skilled trimming and shoeing. He has helped me to train my foals to stand for hoof picking and trims.
Having plied his trade at some of the top racetracks in Kentucky, he migrated northwards, where he works with Warmbloods, Arabians, Paints and more.
Just for fun, my friend Roberta (at Knot-a-Tail) created a farrier fan video. Let me warn you that this one is a little risqué, but not over-the-top (or the opposite, if you will). I think the voting deadline has passed, but this overview of several farriers at work offers a flavor of the back-breaking work these tradesmen do, regardless of weather.
No ifs, ands or buts – a good fine farrier is a true asset.
Photo by Alessandro Brollo
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