Veterinarian-Farrier Sees Things from Both Sides

Jarett Pullen  has a unique perspective that most veterinarians lack: he is also a trained farrier. The Dryden, N.Y., veterinarian launched his shoeing practice in 2003. As his career progressed, he developed a deeper interest in therapeutic farriery. After a knee injury sidelined him nearly 10 years later, Pullen pursued a veterinary degree. He enrolled at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has since added veterinary services to his practice

The dual role allows him to see how both professions can best work together, but also understand how these relationships fall apart. Being relatively new to the veterinary profession, Pullen has insight on how those entering the field can ensure better relationships with farriers.

Grow Your Footcare Knowledge

Because of the immense amount of knowledge covered in veterinary school, Pullen understands why many graduates are underprepared for working with farriers. Less than a third of veterinary schools in the United States employ a full-time farrier, so there are likely limited opportunities to engage with a hoof-care expert. And with the incredible amount of information to cover, very little time is dedicated to the equine foot. Many students leave underprepared for working with farriers. Furthermore, he sees a difference in how the professions approach their work.


  • Attend farrier events so you can find practitioners who you can work with.
  • Shoeing solutions you learn at farrier clinics need to be evaluated before use.
  • Call farriers before you work on their horses to include them in your work.

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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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