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Understand Farrier Terminology and How it is Used

Farrier Bob Pethick finds veterinarians can hurt a farrier’s reputation by using incorrect terminology in the absence of understanding with the client.


Pictured Above: Spend time with knowledgeable farriers like Bob Pethick to improve your ability to communicate with farriers with their terminology.

Veterinarian Takeaways

  • Be mindful of observations stated to the owner, as their
    misinterpretation may damage the farrier’s credibility with the client.
  • Spend time learning terminology that is common with farrier’s work.

The health and well-being of the horse should be the ultimate goal for the veterinarian and farrier in lameness cases. According to New Jersey farrier Bob Pethick, that end demands the two parties work together to be successful, especially when helping performance horses stay in or return to the show ring.

“Nothing within the veterinarian’s role will make a horse sound if it isn’t shod well,” explains the farrier who started shoeing in 1971. “Likewise, farriers can’t be successful, even though we shoe our horses well, without veterinary intervention because our performance horses are asked to do work that is far and beyond what they were ever designed to do.”

Working with veterinarians is common for the Hall of Fame farrier — he estimates there are 40 veterinarians he regularly consults with on the phone. He has earned a reputation through his career as an educator for both farrier and veterinarian colleagues. From his work and service to the industry, Pethick has seen areas in which veterinarians can improve their interactions with farriers.

Discussions Without the Farrier

Be mindful of uninformed observations stated to the owner. Veterinarians without sufficient podiatry knowledge should avoid communicating with the client specifically…

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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