When presenting at the American Farrier’s Association Convention in March 2018, Pat Broadus joked that it isn’t the typical venue for a plater. But even if attendees don’t shoe racehorses, there is a strong probability that they are providing footcare for off-the-track Thoroughbreds. The Shelbyville, Ky., farrier says that by better understanding what the racetrack farrier does, other farriers can better work with the horses that clients take over off the track.
Broadus says that stereotypes of platers and their work persist due to a lack of other farriers’ familiarity of the work and track life. He finds there are many track farriers doing quality work, but they are isolated from the rest of the farrier industry. Some of the main stereotypes he sees include:
“We are still holding our horses’ feet together and aren’t sacrificing them on the short schedule.”