Colorado Farrier Embraces Learning Opportunities to Benefit Horses

Steve Foxworth incorporates a mindset of learning and growth in his life and hoof-care practice

Pictured Above: Steve Foxworth is a firm believer in trying to improve himself in all facets of life. In order to improve, “you have to practice it. If you practice it, then it becomes more of a lifestyle and second nature to you in your work.”

Failure is not an option, or so we’ve been told.

If you ask Steve Foxworth, though, failure not only is an option, it’s embraced. You see, there are more learning opportunities in failure than there are in success.

“I don’t care who you are or how long you’ve been shoeing horses, if you’re not in a mindset of learning and growth, you’re going to struggle,” says the Loveland, Colo., farrier. “Every time someone asks us to do something that we haven’t done before, I almost get goose bumps. I’m like yeah, let’s do it! You have to do away with the fear of failing or making a mistake and embrace what could happen.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • View mistakes as opportunities for learning and growth rather than as a source of shame or embarrassment.
  • Continuous practice to improve tasks in your life will become more of a lifestyle and second nature to you in your work.
  • Paying attention to how tissue grows will help you find a more
    beneficial way of achieving medio-lateral balance than sighting a limb.

Foxworth certainly isn’t cavalier about mistakes. He scrutinizes his options before making decisions. Foxworth simply refuses to be intimidated by the possibility that the choice he makes might…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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