Discussion and questions between veterinarians and farriers should be collaborative, not adversarial.

3 Common Causes for Failure of the Veterinarian-Farrier Relationship

Recognize and avoid situations in which either party inadvertently contributes to losing focus on the horse

Farrier Takeaways

  • Use technology to avoid the syndrome that you don’t have enough time to communicate.
  • Communicate directly to avoid assumptions about the other party’s goal for footcare.
  • Asking questions isn’t threatening but it can build mutual trust.

Not only a veterinarian, John Tegzes holds a Master’s degree in psychology. This education and training gives him a vantage point for applying lessons regarding human interaction to his role in the veterinary industry. This unique perspective also provides him with insight into building that crucial team that keeps the horse central. He’s borrowed from the fields of human healthcare and psychology to learn how veterinarians and farriers can best work together.

But that is easier said than done. Even with the need for different perspectives and skill sets, these relationships can have friction and fail. And it is in the best interest of both parties in terms of their careers and advancement to work constructively. So, why is there a breakdown? Tegzes says failure isn’t necessarily intentional. It is often related to common human flaws.

At the 2022 Northeast Association of Equine Practitioner’s Saratoga Vet and Farrier Conference, he shared a few key areas that both sides should be aware of to make sure they are contributing to the relationship and care of the horse.

“I Don’t Have Time"Leads to Poor Communication

Being too busy to communicate is a common flaw for vets and farriers. Tegzes says the barriers are common: either can’t be at the barn for that appointment, one…

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern is the former Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is president of American Horse Publications.

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