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Advice from a Farrier Who Has Just Started His Career


Pictured Above: Ben Barhorst of Lexington, Ky., advises speaking up about foot health issues to be proactive instead of reactive.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Communicating with clients is critical. Speak up and be honest, especially when it comes to the foot. It’s easier to prevent a problem than to react to one.
  • People hire you for your footcare knowledge, not just your ability to use sharp tools. If the horse doesn’t need a trim, don’t trim.
  • The only guarantee that comes from focusing on speed are mistakes and poor work.

Completing farrier school represents a significant accomplishment. It also represents a significant step as a full-time professional and, most often, small business owner. You will face challenges that will test your resolve. The good news is that there are resources to help — your fellow farriers.

American Farriers Journal established the Rising Shoeing Star award program in 2008. This program recognizes farriers making incredible progress in their first 3 years after farrier school. In partnership with industry suppliers, the program highlights the importance of education. Program co-sponsors for 2020 include Adeptus Nutrition Inc., American Farriers Journal, Dechra Veterinary Products, G.E. Forge & Tool, Pyranha and Texas Farrier Supply.

This year’s winners are Ben Barhorst of Lexington, Ky.; Audrey Williams of Edmonton, Alberta; and Gary Gullo Jr. of Old…

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