Life As A Farrier? Start Here

Congratulations on your choice of industries. If it becomes for you half of what it has been to me, you are in for a great life. There are few jobs or industries that I know of that will give back like this one, so enjoy the ride.

 Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey once quoted someone on his radio show who said, “Find something you love to do. Do that thing for a living. You will never work a day in your life.” As I look back on my career, I feel that there were never truer words spoken. 

Like all jobs, there are the down sides. Bad weather, bad horses, bad customers and just plain old bad days. However, those have been few and far between when compared with the good side. Sometimes the bad horses and the bad customers became the game of the day and helped to break up the monotony.

Shoeing horses is a day of breaks. While you are working at the anvil, you have a break from the horse. When you are under the horse, you have a break from the anvil. You will sometimes look around you with a smile as you realize that someone is actually paying you for all the fun you are having. If my customers had any idea how much I was enjoying myself, they may have charged me.

Still, horseshoeing is not for everyone. It takes a special person to make it in this industry. You must be a self-starter…

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Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory is the owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo., and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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