Challenge The Most Important Tool Every Farrier Has

In the December 2013 issue, the article “Changing The Way You Work” offered ideas on how to prevent or address the physical ailments that can hamper, shorten or end a farrier career. In a comment submitted to our reader survey of this issue, a farrier from Colorado pointed out that, although this article focuses on body mechanics, one other important part of the body should be acknowledged: the brain.

This is an important point. A footcare career’s longevity not only depends on maintaining your body’s ability to handle the physical nature of the work, but also the brain’s role. Of course, the brain’s function is much more than simply ordering and controlling motion.

A Lot Going On

It is evident that a farrier’s work is physical, but those outside the industry may not recognize that it is mentally taxing as well. This profession isn’t simply reliant on physical strength.

Examine the role of the brain for the effective farrier. The brain stores the collective memories that are called on to apply what we view as learned knowledge and abilities. The mind consciously and subconsciously makes decisions about each action to be done. With each horse, every variable is identified and examined in how if affects the animal’s foot health.

A long day of footcare results in physical and mental fatigue. Your body demands a well-rested and fueled brain to effectively perform your duties as a farrier.

Rewarding Challenges

In turn, undertaking those analytical challenges is beneficial. Several studies indicate that…

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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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