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Become the Best Farrier You Can Be


Pictured Above: One trait of successful farriers is they never stop learning, Gregory says.

Congratulations on your choice of industries. If it becomes for you half of what it has been for me, you are in for a great life. There are few jobs or industries that I know of that will give back like this one, so enjoy the ride.

Like all jobs, there are the downsides — bad weather, bad horses, bad customers and just plain old bad days. However, those have been few and far between when compared with the good. Sometimes the bad horses and the bad customers became the game of the day and helped to break up the monotony.

Shoeing horses is a day of breaks. While you are working at the anvil, you have a break from the horse. When you are under the horse, you have a break from the anvil. You will sometimes look around you with a smile as you realize that someone is actually paying you for all the fun you are having. If my customers had any idea how much I was enjoying myself, they might have charged me.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Put the horse first if you are to succeed in this industry.
  • Do your best to find out what your weaknesses are, and then do what you can to improve.
  • Keep your standards high and bring your shoeing to the next level with every horse.

Still, horseshoeing is not for everyone. It takes a special person to…

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Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory is a Hall of Fame farrier and owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo.

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