Group of farrier students participate in a product demonstration.

New Farriers can Improve their Careers with the Success Mindset

This article was originally published August 1, 2020 and has been updated.


Pictured Above: It’s a farrier’s job to understand the concepts and tools at your disposal to make educated decisions and realize that if something doesn’t work out, it can be changed.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Don’t limit the ability to see other possibilities and options in hoof care.
  • Ask questions of other farriers who perform different hoof care techniques than you.
  • Great achievement comes through great struggle, so embrace unknown and difficult opportunities..

The mindset with which you approach your journey into the world of hoof care can often be the difference between fulfillment or frustration with your chosen career.

It seems that this success mindset has been adopted by many highly successful people in many career fields. When this mindset is adopted early and followed regularly, it tends to allow beginning farriers the courage to try new things, learn from experiences and approach their chosen trade without being controlled by fear of the unknown. Let’s look at these ideas and how they can help you develop a successful, fulfilling career in hoof care.

Avoid Boxes

One of the first concepts we encourage our students at Equine Lameness Prevention Organization (ELPO) is to adopt how they evaluate the concepts of good vs. bad and right vs. wrong when it relates to hoof care. 

The majority of hoof-care practitioners have the best intentions with each animal they work on. However, despite our best efforts, sometimes we inadvertently cause pain and discomfort. This can be done through experimentation with new concepts, or simply misjudging…

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Chase rutledge

Chase Rutledge

Chase Rutledge is the head instructor of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization’s farrier school in Penrose, Colo.

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