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When farriers and veterinarians work together, great things can happen for the horse. This requires a balance of communication, mutual respect, confidence and several other traits. We asked equine veterinarian Bob Grisel and farrier Tim Shannon to share their advice for colleagues working with footcare counterparts, and also expectations for the other party. Grisel and Shannon, based in Georgia and California respectively, have never worked together on a case.
On the opposing page, Grisel and Shannon present a flow chart that illustrates how the successful veterinarian-farrier relationship should develop and progress.
I admit that for the majority of my career, I didn’t know how to manage the relationship that I had with farriers. There’s an old saying that sums up my early career: “Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.”
As my career progressed, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by some farriers who are generous and patient with me as I went through the…