Thursday, June 19, 2008

With nails held between between his pursed lips and sweat rolling off his brow, He shoes horses one hoof at a time.

These plus a well fitting shoe made from iron and a well rounded and knowledgeable shoer can help build the horse of your dreams...or just simply it can be enough to make an lame horse sound again.
Horseshoers are a breed all their own, it takes a certain amount of bravery and brawn to crawl under a 1000+ pound animal that really doesn't want you messing with their feet...and no he's not the horse whisperer calming the horse, it's a Horseshoer, Farrier or whatever you would call them, with the ability to know what a horse is thinking most of the time by the reactions of the horse.


He places his hand on the horse and reassures him or her that he's helping and not hurting them.
It's hard to know if a horse is just scared, spoiled rotten, or if he's just a non-thinker and will blow up at any given minute and stomp the crap out of anything or anyone in it's path.

Then you take into consideration that animals are highly unpredictable, and that coupled with the goings on in a barn, like for instance something falling or a wind just blowing a paper across an isle way or a dog running through, it could be anything and you have a horse not paying attention to you as the shoer and that equals Danger.
Shoers take their life in their own hands everyday they work, They freeze all winter and sweat all summer. It is an honest days work. They come home tired and cranky with an aching back, mostly just wanting something to eat and a shower for sure and a bed for rest.

The incredible amount of knowledge that a Farrier needs to full fill his obligation to the horse, & be the best possible problem solver for the horse everytime that he can be is really phenomenal undertaking.

I'm always impressed watching him shoe a horse and seeing his ability put to the test time after time.
Corrective shoeing is even more amazing to observe.
Watch a horse walk in lame and go out looking somewhat normal and by the next day acting like himself again, it's knowledge, trial and error sometimes, but mostly hard work and skilled persistence that works these kinds of miracles.

It's an admirable profession and not to many make it in this field.
If you didn't know before now, My Mr. is a Farrier and I'm proud of his abilities,
That and him in chaps isn't bad either.

So when the week of July 6-12th rolls around and you see your Farrier or know of one give him a pat on the back for the hard work he does. They are humble, but, they appreciate being appreciated, I know this for sure.

2 Left A Love Note :):

Jeannie said...

I'm truly amazed at anyone who'll work on a horse for any reason.

Hammer said...

Fascinating!

I drove by a farrier school in Oklahoma earlier this year. the place was huge. I guess that's where many of them go to learn.