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Twenty-two years ago, American Farriers Journal launched Farriers Week for the equine industry to recognize farriers for their dedicated commitment to delivering hoof care to the horses. This year’s Farriers Week runs July 5-July 11. From this small beginning, it has grown to annual tradition for clients and equine businesses taking time to celebrate farriers.
American Farriers Journal started the “Farriers Spotlight” in 2012, which is an online-exclusive compilation dedicated to showcasing many farriers throughout the industry. The farrier tributes featured here were either submitted by members of the equine community who want to express their gratitude to the farriers who care for their horses or farriers who want to thank their mentors for invaluable lessons.
Although the original intention of Farriers Week was to provide the platform for the horse industry to reflect on all that farriers do, it has evolved into a way for farriers to pay tribute to their mentors. For some, it might require more than a week to run through all of the farriers who’ve contributed to their growth and knowledge.
This recognition holds special significance because who better understands the contributions to footcare more than another practitioner? Mentors help accelerate one’s understanding of farriery. Maybe the mentor delivered a kind word when it was needed the most — or a kick in the pants when it was earned. Mentors provide keen insight to running a business rather than only running a practice. They can be a positive force when…